A Note on the Speaker in Juvenal's

A Note on the Speaker in Juvenal's "Satires"
A Note on the Speaker in Juvenal's "Satires"

Author(s): Tomasz Sapota
Subject(s): Language and Literature Studies
Published by: Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu Śląskiego
Keywords: Latin literature; satire; Juvenal

Summary/Abstract: The paper sets the thesis that Juvenal, aware that aggressive satire in Lucilian style sounded false and void when unrelated to its times, tried to avoid this danger and to pump up some drama into his poems, so the figure of a Speaker blinded by anger was introduced to the Satires. The torrents of enraged words were used in order to cover the fact that the objects of contempt were of little importance to the listening public.

  • Issue Year: 2008
  • Issue No: 5
  • Page Range: 75-77
  • Page Count: 3
  • Language: English