The Invisible Satirist: Juvenal and Second-Century Rome

Hardcover | October 29, 2014

byJames Uden

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The Invisible Satirist offers a fresh new reading of the Satires of Juvenal, rediscovering the poet as a smart and scathing commentator on the cultural and political world of second-century Rome. Breaking away from the focus in recent scholarship on issues of genre, this study situatesJuvenal's Satires within the context of the politics, oratory, and philosophy of Rome under Trajan and Hadrian. In particular, the book shows how Juvenal offers a distinctively Roman response to the Greek sophists and philosophers of the so-called "Second Sophistic." Whereas earlier studies arguedfor the satirist's adoption of an ironic persona in his poems, this book stresses the absence of any guiding, coherent first-person voice in his work, emphasizing instead the poems' plurality of voices and thematic preoccupation with performance and disguise. These sprawling rhetorical texts, intricately constructed but deliberately lacking any strong personal voice, ultimately communicate a sense of rootlessness and loss of identity - a sense of being invisible - within the cosmopolitan second-century world. The book will appeal to students and scholarsof Roman satire, Imperial Roman culture, and Second Sophistic literature.

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The Invisible Satirist offers a fresh new reading of the Satires of Juvenal, rediscovering the poet as a smart and scathing commentator on the cultural and political world of second-century Rome. Breaking away from the focus in recent scholarship on issues of genre, this study situatesJuvenal's Satires within the context of the politic...

James Uden is Assistant Professor of Classical Studies at Boston University.
Format:HardcoverDimensions:272 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.98 inPublished:October 29, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199387273

ISBN - 13:9780199387274

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AcknowledgmentsAbbreviation and textIntroduction1. Satire 1: Poetry, Accusation, and the Audience's Role2. The Invisibility of Juvenal3. Romans and Greeks: New Views in the Graeca Urbs4. Satire 8: Genealogy and Nobility in Hadrian's Rome5. Satire 10: The Satirist Among Cynics6. Religion and Repetition: Satire 12Epilogue: Outsider EmpireAppendix: The Date of Juvenal's First Book of SatiresWorks citedIndex locorumIndex