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Satires of Rome : Threatening Poses from Lucilius to Juvenal - Kirk Freudenburg

Satires of Rome

Threatening Poses from Lucilius to Juvenal

Hardcover Published: 26th November 2001
ISBN: 9780521803571
Number Of Pages: 308

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This new survey of Roman satire locates its most salient possibilities and effects at the center of every Roman reader's cultural and political self-understanding. This book describes the genre's numerous shifts in focus and tone over several centuries (from Lucilius to Juvenal) not as mere 'generic adjustments' that reflect the personal preferences of its authors, but as separate chapters in a special, generically encoded story of Rome's lost, and much lionized, Republican identity. Freedom exists in performance in ancient Rome: it is a 'spoken' entity. As a result, satire's programmatic shifts, from 'open' to 'understated' to 'cryptic' and so on, can never be purely 'literary' and 'apolitical' in focus and/or tone. In Satires of Rome, Professor Freudenburg reads these shifts as the genre's unique way of staging and agonizing over a crisis in Roman identity. Satire's standard 'genre question' in this book becomes a question of the Roman self.

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'No review can do full justice to the wealth of sophisticated and provocative ideas put forth in this volume with remarkable clarity of expression and unfailing wit'. Costas Panayotakis, Classical Review 'Substantial interpretative claims, contrary to what we might call received opinion, but nonetheless convincing, underpin each chapter.' David Larmour, Classical Philology 'There are many good points to this book, not the least of which is its bold confrontation with standard accounts of satire that seek to smooth out the genre's glaring contradictions. By examining poetic failure rather than success, by focusing on the audience rather than the author, and by making us aware of what is lacking amid all the fullness, F. compels us to think differently about Roman satire and our readings of it. The overarching proposition that we can connect the anxiety about genre and self-expression visible in satire with broader crises in identity and self-formation among educated Romans of the early empire is entirely persuasive...This book is a substantial contribution to the scholarship on Roman satire and will be welcomed on that basis. The numerous question marks and underlinings in my own copy testify to the fact that it was at least a remarkably provocative read.' David Larmour, Classical Philology 'The specialist in Roman satire will ... find some interesting ideas herein.' Classics Ireland 'Professor Freudenburg's book, yet another in the series devoted by scholars over the years to such a visibly important genre, is welcome ... The book will clearly be useful in the modern seminar-room, where it should generate much animated discussion.' Comptes Rendus

Key dates for the study of Roman verse satire
Glossary of key names and technical terms
Introductionp. 1
Horacep. 15
The diatribe satires (Sermones 1.1-1.3): "You're no Lucilius"p. 15
Sermones book 1 and the problem of genrep. 23
Remembered voices: satire made new in Sermones 1.1p. 27
The social poetics of Horatian libertas: since when is "enough" a "feast"?p. 44
Hitting satire's finis: along for the ride in Sermones 1.5p. 51
Dogged by ambition: Sermones 1.6-10p. 58
Book 2 and the totalitarian squeeze: new rules for a New Agep. 71
Panegyric bluster and Ennius' Scipio in Horace, Sermones 2.1p. 82
Coming to terms with Scipio: the new look of post-Actian satirep. 93
Big friends and bravado in Sermones 2.1p. 100
Book 2 and the hissings of compliancep. 108
Nasidienus' dinner-party: too much of not enoughp. 117
Persiusp. 125
Of narrative and cosmogony: Persius and the invention of Nerop. 125
The Prologue: top-down aesthetics and the making of oneselfp. 134
Faking it in Nero's orgasmatron: Persius 1 and the death of criticismp. 151
The satirist-physician and his out-of-joint worldp. 173
Satire's lean feast: finding a lost "pile" in P. 2p. 183
Teaching and tail-wagging, critique as crutch: P. 4p. 189
Left for broke: satire as legacy in P. 6p. 195
Juvenalp. 209
A lost voice found: Juvenal and the poetics of too much, too latep. 209
Rememberred monsters: time warp and martyr tales in Trajan's Romep. 215
Ghost-assault in Juv. 1p. 234
The poor man's Luciliusp. 242
Life on the edge: from exaggeration to self-defeatp. 248
Beating a dead fish: the emperor-satirist of Juv. 4p. 258
Satires 3 and 5: the poor man's lunch of Umbricius and Trebiusp. 264
List of works citedp. 278
General indexp. 285
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ISBN: 9780521803571
ISBN-10: 0521803578
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 308
Published: 26th November 2001
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 2.06
Weight (kg): 0.62