The Sixteen Satires

Author(s): Juvenal

Latin Literature

Perhaps more than any other writer, Juvenal (c. AD 55-138) captures the splendour, the squalor and the sheer energy of everyday Roman life. In The Sixteen Satires he evokes a fascinating world of whores, fortune-tellers, boozy politicians, slick lawyers, shameless sycophants, ageing flirts and downtrodden teachers. A member of the traditional land-owning class that was rapidly seeing power slip into the hands of outsiders, Juvenal also creates savage portraits of decadent aristocrats - male and female - seeking excitement among the lower orders of actors and gladiators, and of the jumped-up sons of newly-rich former slaves. Constantly comparing the corruption of his own generation with its stern and upright forebears, Juvenal's powers of irony and invective make his work a stunningly satirical and bitter denunciation of the degeneracy of Roman society


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General Fields

  • : 9780140441949
  • : Penguin Publishing Group
  • : Penguin Group USA
  • : June 1967
  • : 0.50000mm X 5.00000mm X 7.75000mm
  • : books

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  • : English
  • : very good
  • : 320
  • : Juvenal
  • : Paperback