Sixteen Satires (Penguin Classics)
by Juvenal (Author), Peter Green (Technical Editor, Introduction)
Book condition: USED/Good. Medium wear on cover. Former owner name written on back of cover/front page. Beige brown pages clean no writings.
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Juvenal's Satires create a fascinating (and immediately familiar) world of whores, fortune-tellers, boozy politicians, slick lawyers, shameless sycophants, ageing flirts and downtrodden teachers
Perhaps more than any other writer, Juvenal (c. 55-138 AD) captures the splendour, the squalor and the sheer vibrant energy of everyday Roman life. A member of the traditional land-owning class which was rapidly seeing power slip into the hands of dynamic outsiders, he offers equally savage portraits of decadent aristocrats; women interested only in 'rough trade' like actors and gladiators; and the jumped-up sons of panders and auctioneers. He constantly compares the corruption of his own generation with their stern upright forebears. And he makes us feel from within the deep humiliation of having to dance attendance on rich but odious patrons.
Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages
Publisher: Penguin Classics (November 30, 1967)
Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.6 x 7.8 inches
Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
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