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"I would advise you to undertake a regular course of history & poetry in both languages ... in Latin read Livy, Caesar, Sallust Tacitus, Cicero’s Philosophies, and some of his Orations, in prose; and Virgil, Ovid’s Metamorphoses, Horace, Terence & Juvenal for poetry." - Thomas Jefferson to Francis Eppes, 6 Oct. 1820
  ThomasJefferson | Jun 18, 2014 |
Edition: // Descr: lxxxii, 416 p. 17 cm. // Series: The Loeb Classical Library Call No. { 877 J98.08-L 1 } Series Edited by T.E. Page With an English Translation by G.G. Ramsay Contains Latin and English Versions, Index to Juvenal, and Index to Persius. // //
  ColgateClassics | Oct 26, 2012 |
Persius's Prolog (freely translated by AW Powers)

Not along the lonely beaches, nor
From scenery and mountain views, do I
Remember brooding to become a writer.
The beaches and the lonely looks I leave
To pictures on the backs of books.
(Myself, I didn't take Creative Writing.)
Where's the parrot learn, "Polly wanna
Cracker," or crows to speak the English?
From that Master of Arts, Instructor
Stomach, expressing the inexpressible.
If there's the faintest hope of copping fame,
Crowing poets and classroom mavens--
You'd think we sang like wild hill warblers.

The best trans of Juvenal X is of course Sam Johnson's
"Vanity of HUman Wishes." Freely translated, as well. ( )
  AlanWPowers | Jun 2, 2012 |
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Juvenalprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Persiusmain authorall editionsconfirmed
Braund, Susanna MortonEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Ramsay, G. G.Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0674996127, Hardcover)

The bite and wit of two of antiquity's best satirists are captured here in a new Loeb Classical Library edition, a vivid and vigorous translation facing the Latin text.

Persius (34-62 CE) and Juvenal (writing maybe 60 years later) were heirs to the style of Latin verse satire developed by Lucilius and Horace, a tradition mined in Susanna Braund's introduction and notes. Her notes also give guidance to the literary and historical allusions that pepper Persius's and Juvenal's satirical poems--which were clearly aimed at a sophisticated urban audience. Both poets adopt the mask of an angry man, and sharp criticism of the society in which they live is combined with flashes of sardonic humor in their satires. Whether targeting common and uncommon vices, the foolishness of prayers, the abuse of power by emperors and the Roman elite, the folly and depravity of Roman wives, or decadence, materialism, and corruption, their tone is generally one of righteous indignation.

Juvenal and Persius are seminal as well as stellar figures in the history of satirical writing. Juvenal especially had a lasting influence on English writers of the Renaissance and succeeding centuries.

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