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Juvenal's Tenth Satire$
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Paul Murgatroyd

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781786940698

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: September 2018

DOI: 10.5949/liverpool/9781786940698.001.0001

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Power (56–113)

Power (56–113)

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(p.41) Chapter Four Power (56–113)
Source:
Juvenal's Tenth Satire
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Paul Murgatroyd

Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.5949/liverpool/9781786940698.003.0004

This chapter provides the Latin text and a literal English translation of the section on prayers for power in Juvenal’s tenth satire and a detailed critical appreciation of those lines (56-113), paying particular attention to poetic aspects such s sound, style, rhythm, diction, imagery, vividness and narrative technique, and also assessing humour, wit, irony and the force and validity of the satirical thrusts. Questions of text are considered as well, where they are of substantial importance. This chapter shows how this section highlights the destructiveness of prayers for power and presents a long, densely packed and wide-ranging attack on power from its highest to its lowest form, with a particularly pointed and vivid depiction of the downfall of Sejanus.

Keywords:   Prayer, Destructiveness, Power, Sejanus

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