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The Shadow of the ParthenonStudies in Ancient History and Literature$
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Peter Green

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780520255074

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520255074.001.0001

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Juvenal and his Age

Juvenal and his Age

(p.216) Juvenal and his Age
The Shadow of the Parthenon

Peter Green

University of California Press

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

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