Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Juvenal's Tenth Satire$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Paul Murgatroyd

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781786940698

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: September 2018

DOI: 10.5949/liverpool/9781786940698.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM LIVERPOOL SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.liverpool.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Liverpool University Press, 2022. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in LSO for personal use.date: 29 May 2022

Eloquence (114–32)

Eloquence (114–32)

(p.69) Chapter Five Eloquence (114–32)
Juvenal's Tenth Satire

Paul Murgatroyd

Liverpool University Press

This chapter provides the Latin text and a literal translation into English of the section on prayers for eloquence in Juvenal’s tenth satire and a detailed critical appreciation of those lines (114-132), paying particular attention to poetic aspects such as 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. In this section of the poem the attack shifts to a corner-stone of the Roman education system (oratory), and the tone becomes more sad. The critical position adopted here is a lot more questionable and weak than hitherto, as Juvenal employs two examples (Cicero and Demosthenes) to support the idea that eloquence leads to death, without allowing that they achieved anything significant through their speeches.

Keywords:   Eloquence, Prayer, Cicero, Demosthenes, Oratory

Liverpool Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs, and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.