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Making Mockery: The Poetics of Ancient Satire

Ralph Rosen


This book explores the dynamics of comic mockery and satire in Greek and Latin poetry, and argues that poets working in such genres composed their “attacks” on targets, and constructed their relationships with audiences, in accordance with a set of common poetic principles, protocols, and tropes. It encourages a synoptic, synchronic view of such poetry, from archaic iambus through Roman satire, and argues that only when we appreciate how an abstracted “poetics of mockery” governs individual poets can we fully understand how such poetry functioned diachronically in its own historical moment. Th ... More

Keywords: Archilochus, Hipponax, Horace, Homer, Aristophanes, Theocritus, Critias, Plato, vituperation, iambus

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780195309966
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195309966.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ralph Rosen, author
University of Pennsylvania
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