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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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(Satires 11 and 12)

(Satires 11 and 12)

(p.219) Chapter Ten (Satires 11 and 12)
Juvenal's Tenth Satire

Paul Murgatroyd

Liverpool University Press

This chapter provides the Latin text and a literal translation into English of representative segments of Juvenal’s eleventh and twelfth satires, 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 satirical thrusts. This chapter examines the two other poems in Juvenal’s fourth book (satires 11 and 12) and considers how they continue in the vein of Satire 10 with regard to tone (calmer, mocking), the pillorying of human stupidity with humour and wit, the inclusion of much absurdity and grotesquerie, and the gloomy picture of Rome presented with cynicism, exaggeration and an admixture of pathos. Thus Satire 10 is viewed in context.

Keywords:   Continuation, Stupidity, Absurdity, Cynicism

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