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Satires: With the Satires of Persius

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Juvenal's sixteen satires depict the brutal Roman society of his day; though written in the first century A.D., these works provided a model for the incisive satires of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries through the present. The accompanying six satires of Persius, offering astonishing breadth of ideas and insight into contemporary Roman society, are dialogues whose ...more
Paperback, 221 pages
Published October 15th 1992 by Everyman's Library/J.M. Dent & Sons (first published 132)
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Only my own Latin prevents my fifth star. Great stuff, producing 18C lexicographer and literary biographer Samuel Johnson's greatest poem, The Vanity of Human Wishes, a fine adapted metaphrase of Juvenal Satire X, which is also the best literary comment on the US Presidential primaries 2016--war debt having destroyed Carter (and George W).
"Yet Reason frowns on War's unequal game,
Where wasted nations raise a single name,
And mortgaged states their grandsires' wreaths regret
From age to age in everl
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  ·  review of another edition
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
James Violand
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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
Scott Stirling
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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
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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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