Juvenal and his Age

Peter Green

in The Shadow of the Parthenon

Published by University of California Press

Published in print January 2008 | ISBN: 9780520255074
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520934719 | DOI:
Juvenal and his Age

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This chapter discusses the work of Juvenal, which contains almost no autobiographical material—in marked contrast to the satires of his predecessors Horace and Persius—and notes that of his contemporaries, only the epigrammatist Martial ever refers to him. It has been argued that Juvenal was a pupil of Quintilian, and that the Institutio Oratoria alludes to him among ‘contemporaries of promise’, but this is pure speculation. The chapter notes that after his death—it is unlikely that he survived for long after the accession of Antonius Pius in ad 138—the Satires dropped out of sight absolutely for about a century.

Keywords: Juvenal; satires; Horace; Persius; epigrammatist; Martial; Quintilian; Institutio Oratoria; Antonius Pius

Chapter.  18968 words. 

Subjects: Greek and Roman Archaeology

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