The Cambridge Companion to Roman Satire

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Kirk Freudenburg
Cambridge University Press, May 12, 2005 - History - 352 pages
Satire as a distinct genre of writing was first developed by the Romans in the second century BCE. Regarded by them as uniquely 'their own', satire held a special place in the Roman imagination as the one genre that could address the problems of city life from the perspective of a 'real Roman'. In this Cambridge Companion an international team of scholars provides a stimulating introduction to Roman satire's core practitioners and practices, placing them within the contexts of Greco-Roman literary and political history. Besides addressing basic questions of authors, content, and form, the volume looks to the question of what satire 'does' within the world of Greco-Roman social exchanges, and goes on to treat the genre's further development, reception, and translation in Elizabethan England and beyond. Included are studies of the prosimetric, 'Menippean' satires that would become the models of Rabelais, Erasmus, More, and (narrative satire's crowning jewel) Swift.

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Satire as we know it was popularized first with the ancient Romans. The satirist Lucilius, writing in the 2nd century BCE, is usually credited as the earliest writer in the genre. Kirk Freudenberg’s ... Read full review


Romes first satirists themes and genre in Ennius and Lucilius
The restless companion Horace Satires 1 and 2
Speaking from silence the Stoic paradoxes of Persius
The poor mans feast Juvenal
Citation and authority in Senecas Apocolocyntosis
Late arrivals Julian and Boethius
Epic allusion in Romance satire
Sleeping with the enemy satire and philosophy
Satire and the poet the body as selfreferential symbol
The libidinal rhetoric of satire
Roman satire in the sixteenth century
Alluding to satire Rochester Dryden and others
The Horatian and the Juvenalesque in English letters
The presence of Roman satire modern receptions and their interpretative implications
a volume retrospect on Roman satires
Key dates for the study of Roman satire

The satiric maze Petronius satire and the novel
Satire as aristocratic play
Satire in a ritual context

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Ordia Prima, Volume 4

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Kirk Freudenburg is Professor of Latin and Chair of the Department of the Classics at the University of Illinois. His previous publications include The Walking Muse: Horace and the Theory of Satire (Princeton University Press, 1993) and Satires of Rome: Threatening Poses from Lucilius to Juvenal (Cambridge University Press, 2001).

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