This chapter provides the Latin text and a literal translation into English of the section on prayers for longevity in Juvenal’s tenth satire and a detailed critical appreciation of those lines (188-288), 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. This much longer section contains many more exempla (mythological as well as Roman) and much more pathos (especially in connection with Nestor and Priam). But the biggest difference is that in this section Juvenal’s basic point is indisputably sound: if you live for a long time, you are elderly for a long time, and advanced old age does involve the drawbacks mentioned by Juvenal.
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