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A spouse to Persius and Juvenal breaks new flooring in its in-depth concentrate on either authors as "satiric successors"; exact person contributions recommend unique views on their paintings, and supply an in-depth exploration of Persius' and Juvenal's afterlives.

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• bargains sizeable dialogue of the reception of either authors, reflecting probably the most cutting edge paintings being performed in modern Classics
• features a thorough exploration of Persius' and Juvenal's afterlives

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Suddenly the genre’s commonplace trope of anxiety about the dangers of mockery and censure took on a new urgency, as open dissent, even in literary form, became increasingly problematic under a succession of volatile, often paranoid emperors (see further in this volume Roller, Chapter 13). Persius and Juvenal were creatures of this later, imperial period in Roman history, living under a line of emperors who were infamous for their sensitivity to criticism (Nero in Persius’ lifetime, Domitian in Juvenal’s) and often ruthless in their responses to it.

1 makes it clear that the central paradox of satire is this: while it purports to exist for a moral purpose (we heard plenty about this from Horace in Book 1), it yet seems driven, equally if not at times exclusively, by aesthetic concerns. The moral, selfrighteous aspect is what always gets satirists into trouble. As Trebatius says at lines 21–23, a poet would be better off writing mediocre epic than attacking local miscreants with invective (tristi . . uersu) for their petty vices, because this just makes everyone afraid of satirists (sibi quisque timet).

Horace once again counters with the example of Lucilius (62–79): quid? cum est Lucilius ausus primus in hunc operis componere carmina morem, detrahere et pellem, nitidus qua quisque per ora cederet, introrsum turpis, num Laelius aut qui duxit ab oppressa meritum Karthagine nomen ingenio offensi aut laeso doluere Metello Satire in the Republic 37 famosisque Lupo cooperto uersibus? atqui primores populi arripuit populumque tributim, scilicet uni aequus Virtuti atque eius amicis. quin ubi se a uolgo et scaena in secreta remorant uirtus Scipiadae et mitis sapientia Laeli, nugari cum illo et discincti ludere, donec decoqueretur holus, soliti.

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