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Juvenal and Persius

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Juvenal and Persius are seminal as well as stellar figures in the history of satirical writing. Juvenal especially had a lasting influence on English writers of the Renaissance and succeeding centuries. The bite and wit of these two satirists are captured here in a new Loeb Classical Library edition.
Hardcover, 536 pages
Published October 25th 2004 by Harvard University Press (first published 132)
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Alan
May 09, 2016 Alan rated it really liked it
Only my own Latin prevents my fifth star. After years with Juvenal, now Persius, my translation of his Prolog included in my new long poem, Parodies Lost:
"Not along the lonely beaches, nor
From scenery and mountain views, do I
Remember brooding to become a writer.
The beaches and the lonely looks, I leave
To pictures on the backs of books."
Perseus asks, in Satire I, Who'll read such stuff as "Ah, the vanity of human life!" His satires are conversational, ranging from new citizens who know noth
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Cleopatra
Jan 15, 2012 Cleopatra rated it it was amazing
5 stars for the satires, 3 stars for the translation: many verses are censored
David Bauwens
Apr 04, 2016 David Bauwens rated it it was amazing
Great new text and translation, making even the notoriously difficult Persius almost approachable.
Gary Bruff
Juvenal's Satires are some of the most accessible and entertaining texts that have come down to us from classical antiquity. They derive from an early period of Imperial Rome, over a century after the fall of the Republic. These Satires could at times be mistaken for sermons, but these are clearly pagan sermons--exposing, denouncing, and in the last analysis celebrating the liberty and vice of Rome at the height of Roman power.

This is a review for the Loeb Classical Library (Harvard) edition of
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James Violand
Aug 11, 2014 James Violand rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Juvenal is amazingly witty all within a rhyme. He skewers Roman society for its many faults. Comparing his times with the Golden Age of Rome he finds it fails miserably. Virtue is now bought, dishonesty is rampant, even the favor of the gods is bought by bribery. No one is above being ruled by vice. It could be applied to our society today. A very insightful read on the foibles of humanity. We really haven't changed much since he lived.
Persius did not have a similar impact, probably because so l
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Scott Stirling
Jul 11, 2013 Scott Stirling is currently reading it
Reading Juvenal first, and some of the better known satires (Juvenal 10, 11, 15) first, helps propel one through the rest. The Loeb edition of course has the Latin on the left. The translations seem pretty reasonable to me.
William Herbst
May 21, 2012 William Herbst rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Juvenal is an engaging Roman satirist. He is the primary subject of my dissertation so I have a particular interest in his works.
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Decimus Iunius Iuvenalis, known commonly by the shortened Anglicized version of his name Juvenal, was a Roman poet of the late first and early second centuries AD/CE. He is the author of The Satires, a series of sixteen short poems in dactylic hexameter on a variety of subjects.

Date of birth: ca. 55 A.D.
Date of death: ca. 138 A.D.
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