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The Satires

Juvenal
Translated by Niall Rudd
With introduction and notes by William Barr

12 June 2008

ISBN: 9780199540662

304 pages
Paperback
196x129mm

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Oxford World's Classics

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Juvenal, writing between AD 110 and 130, was one of the greatest satirists of Imperial Rome. His powerful and witty attacks on the vices, abuses, and follies of the big city have been admired and used by many English writers, including Ben Jonson, Dryden, and most notably, Dr Johnson, who described his writing as `a mixture of gaiety and statelines, of pointed sentences and declamatory grandeur'.

Juvenal has been seen as a stern moralist and, more recently, as an extravagant wit, and is acclaimed for his vivid description of the scenes which aroused his anger. He coined the famous phrase designating people `eager and anxious for two things; bread and races' (panem et circenses').

Niall Rudd's translation reproduces the original style and metrical effect of Juvenal's hexameters. William Barr's Introduction and Notes provide literary and historical background to the sixteen satires.

About the Author(s)

Juvenal

Translated by Niall Rudd, Professor Emeritus of Latin, University of Bristol
With introduction and notes by William Barr, formerly Senior Lecturer in Latin, University of Liverpool

Reviews

`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 -