Author: William J. Dominik   Editor: William T. Wehrle
Product Code: 4428
ISBN: 978-0-86516-442-0
Pages: 236
Availability: In stock
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Satura quidem tota nostra est Satire is altogether ours was the claim of the Roman Quintilian, the first century C.E. commentator on rhetorical and literary matters, for the literary world had not previously seen the likes of satire. Not for the faint of heart, satire is characterized by its wide-ranging themes, its tone that is sometimes humorous and distinctively biting, and its undeniable perspicacity. As an antidote to life's frustrations and human foibles, satire is the undisputed queen of genres.


This edition provides introduction to Roman verse satire for the English reader and aid to the Latin student in understanding these challenging, sometimes obscure texts. Lucilius, Horace, Persius, and Juvenal are equally represented, in an attempt to redress a tendency in other anthologies to favor Horace and Juvenal. The full spectrum of Roman satire is presented in a reader-friendly format, perfect for Roman Civilization survey-type courses and as a supplementary text for the Latin classroom.


  • Introduction
  • Latin texts
    • Lucilius, fragments: 2, 3-4, 36-37, 70, 87-93, 567-573, 713-714, 1145-1151, 1196-1208
    • Horace, Satires: 1.9, 2.1, 2.8
    • Persius, Satires: Prologue, 1, 3, 4
    • Juvenal, Satires: 1, 3, 6
  • Translations
  • Notes keyed to the translations
  • Index of biographical, mythical, and geographical names


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Review by: Catherine Reed, Bryn Mawr Classical Review - September 28, 2005
…this volume was an excellent idea…It is attractive and not too expensive, and will provide students with an appropriate introduction to the colorful genre of satire.

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