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By Kirk Freudenburg

ISBN-10: 052100621X

ISBN-13: 9780521006217

ISBN-10: 0521803578

ISBN-13: 9780521803571

This survey of Roman satire locates its such a lot salient chances and results on the middle of each Roman reader's cultural and political self-understanding. This booklet describes the genre's quite a few shifts in concentration and tone over numerous centuries (from Lucilius to Juvenal) no longer as mere 'generic changes' that replicate the non-public personal tastes of its authors, yet as separate chapters in a different, generically encoded tale of Rome's misplaced, and lots more and plenty lionized, Republican id. Freedom exists in functionality in old Rome: it's a 'spoken' entity. therefore, satire's programmatic shifts, from 'open' to 'understated' to 'cryptic' etc, can by no means be only 'literary' and 'apolitical' in concentration and/or tone. In Satires of Rome, Professor Freudenburg reads those shifts because the genre's certain manner of staging and agonizing over a trouble in Roman identification. Satire's commonplace 'genre query' during this publication turns into a question of the Roman self.

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