(Critical Survey of Literature for Students)

Coffey, Michael. Roman Satire. New York: Barnes & Noble, 1976. Introduces the basic issues of classical scholarship at stake in Persius’s work and places Persius within his literary and historical context. Chapter 6 offers a particularly thorough summary of the Satires.

Dessen, Cynthia S. The Satires of Persius: Iunctura callidus acri. 2d ed. London: Bristol Classical Press, 1996. Demonstrates how Persius’s satires are unified and understandable through his use of controlling metaphors, imagery, and word repetition.

Freudenburg, Kirk. Satires of Rome: Threatening Poses from Lucilius to Juvenal. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2001. Analyzes Persius’s Satires and the work’s relationship to other satirical writings by Horace, Juvenal, and Lucilius. Describes the audience for the work of these ancient Roman satirists.

_______, ed. The Cambridge Companion to Roman Satire. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2005. Collection of essays provides wide-ranging discussion of the satire of ancient Rome. “Speaking from Silence: The Stoic Paradoxes of Persius,” by Andrea Cucchiarelli, provides an analysis of the Satires.

Morford, Mark. Persius. Boston: Twayne, 1984. Presents a superbly detailed explanation of the Satires and discussion of Persius’s style and influence. Includes a copious bibliography of primary and secondary sources, interesting notes, a chronology, and an index. One of the best books for a beginner’s study of Persius.

Nisket, R. G. M. “Persius.” In Satire: Critical Essays on Roman Literature, edited by J. P. Sullivan. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1968. Places Persius and the Satires within their literary context. Thought-provoking source for a thorough introduction to Persius.

Rudd, Niall, trans. The Satires of Horace and Persius. New York: Penguin Books, 1973. Superior translation of the Satires in blank verse is preceded by an introduction that provides useful information about Persius’s life and craft.