Satires Additional Summary



(Critical Survey of Literature for Students)

Coffey, Michael. Roman Satire. London: Methuen, 1976. Groups the major Roman satirists according to various traditions. Examines Juvenal’s Satires with discussion of prevalent themes and such stylistic considerations as imagery and rhetoric. Includes extensive notes.

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

_______, ed. The Cambridge Companion to Roman Satire. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2005. “The Poor Man’s Feast: Juvenal” by Victoria Remell provides a lengthy analysis of the Satires, and the other essays in the collection contain references to Juvenal that are listed in the index.

Green, Peter. The Shadow of the Parthenon. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1972. Includes the essay, “Juvenal and His Age,” which discusses the elusiveness of the writer and his obsession with avarice and luxury. Explores the difficulty of finding an overall structure or order for the sixteen Satires.

Highet, Gilbert. Juvenal the Satirist. Oxford, England: Clarendon Press, 1954. Provides a definitive volume on Juvenal’s life and work. The bulk of this scholarly tome analyzes the sixteen Satires and looks at their influence and appraisal through various later ages. Provides useful indexes to persons, places, things, and passages in the works.

Jones, Frederick. Juvenal and the Satiric Genre. London: Duckworth, 2007. Examines how Juvenal manipulated the genre of ancient Roman satire, as well as the epic and other literary forms of his time, to create his works.

Knoche, Ulrich. Roman Satire. Translated by Edwin S. Ramage. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1975. In the chapter on Juvenal, Knoche calls him the most serious of the satirists, focusing on social conditions rather than individuals. Included are summaries of the Satires and evaluations of modern editions.