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The Satires (Oxford World's Classics) Paperback – 12 Jun 2008
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`scholarly and disciplined'Sunday Telegraph
'The translation itself goes a long way towards catching J.'s mixture of rhetoric and wit. It is lively and taut ... translation is excellent, not only the best available in English but also good to read, no bad thing as most of its readers will be Latinless.' F. Jones, University of Liverpool, The Classical Review, Vol. XLII, 1992
About the Author
Juvenal, Decimus Junius Juvenalis, published his first satires in A.D. 110, when he was living in exile in Egypt. After Hadrian's accession he seems to have acquired a small farm at Tivoli and published a final collection of work in A.D. 128.
Niall Rudd is Professor Emeritus, Department of Latin, Bristol University.
William Barr is a research fellow at the Arctic Institute of North America. A giacial geomorphologist by training, his major research focus is the history of exploration in the Arctic, a subject on which he has published extensively. In May 2006, he received a lifetime achievement award from the Canadian Historical Association for his contributions to the historiography of the Canadian North.
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I would not try this without first having read Seutonius or some other such history, because you really do need a basic understanding of the background from which the writes comes, but if you do have a passing knowledge of ancient Rome, you will find some of the observations genuinely funny and satirical.
It's not the most obvious book for a casual reader to pick up, but once into the mindset, I found myself laughing out loud at some of the observations.
i was going to quote some pieces to give a flavour but I got lazy. Juvenal is not going to be to every one's taste (though, I found him less blue than Martial) but he can be very very funny as well as philosophical and I will recommend this especially if you know quite some Roman history beforehand.