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PRINTED BY N. BLISS, FOR R. BLISS, AND R. BLISS, JUN.
DECIMUS JUNIUS JUVENAL was born at Aqninum, a town of the Volsci, a people of Latium: hence, from the place of his birth, he was called Aquinas. It is not certain whether he was the son, or foster-child, of a rich freedman. He had a learned education, and, in the time of Claudius Nero, pleaded causes with great reputation. About his middle age he applied himself to the study of Poetry; and, as he saw a daily increase of vice and folly, he addicted himself to writing Satire: but, having said something (sat. vii. 1. 88–92.) which was deemed a reflection on Paris the actor, a minion of Domitian's, he was banished into Ægypt, at * eighty years of age, under pretence of sending him as captain of a company of soldiers. This was looked upon as a sort of humorous punishment for what he had said, in making Paris the bestower of posts in the army.
However, Domitian dying soon after, Juvenal returned to Rome, and is said to have lived there to the times t of Nerva and Trajan. At last, worn out with old age, he expired in a fit of coughing. * Quanquam Octogenarius.-MARSHALL, in Vit. Juv.
+ Ibique ad Nervæ et Trajani tempora supervixisse dicitur MARSHALL, Ib.