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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One ancient Life offers a plausible birth date of AD Another states that till middle-age Juvenal practised rhetoric, not for professional reasons but as an amusement, which implies a private income. Book I of the Satires was not published till c. The Lives all agree that he was exiled for an indiscreet lampoon of the jobbing of appointments by a Court favourite. But they do not agree as to where he was sent or which emperor was responsible, and Juvenal never refers to the matter.
Many doubt whether he was exiled at all. If he was, it was almost certainly by Domitian, c. In any case he must have lost his patrimony. His last and unfinished or partially lost collection appeared c. Help Centre. My Wishlist Sign In Join. Write a review.
Paperback Limited Stock Available. Add to Wishlist. Offers satirical and bitter denunciation of the degeneracy of Roman society. This work draws forth a world of whores, fortune-tellers, boozy politicians, slick lawyers, shameless sycophants, ageing flirts and downtrodden teachers. It portraits of decadent aristocrats - male and female - and the jumped-up sons of newly-rich former slaves. Perhaps more than any other writer, Juvenal c. AD 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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Please help to improve this article by introducing more precise citations. February Learn how and when to remove this template message. To Ceres this sacred thing Decimus Junius? Juvenalis military tribune of the first cohort of the Dalmatian legions Duovir , Quinquennalis, Flamen of the Divine Vespasian vowed and dedicated at his own expense Corpus Inscriptionum Latinarum X. Main article: Satires of Juvenal.
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