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Juvenal Satires: Book IV


Juvenal's fourth book of Satires consists of three poems which are all concerned with contentment in various forms. The poems use humour and wit to puncture the pretensions of the foolish and the wicked, urging an acceptance of our lives and a more positive stance towards life and death by mockery of the pompous and comic description of the rich and famous. In Satire 10, Juvenal examines the human desire to be rich, famous, attractive and powerful and dismisses all these goals as not worth striving for. In Satires 11 and 12, he argues for the simple life which can deliver genuine happiness rat ... More

Keywords: Satires, poems, contentment, Self-knowledge, true friendship

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Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9781910572320
Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: February 2021 DOI:10.3828/liverpool/9781910572320.001.0001
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