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The Invisible Satirist: Juvenal and Second-Century Rome

James Uden


This book offers a new reading of the Satires of Juvenal, rediscovering the poet as a smart and scathing commentator on the cultural and political world of second-century Rome. The study is unified by the idea of Juvenal as an “invisible satirist.” Previous studies have focused on the nature of his poetic persona, but this study argues that Juvenal creates no coherent character in his Satires. Rather, the satirist flaunts his ability to disguise his identity, to shift voices and provoke his audience with contradictory perspectives and ideas. The Invisible Satirist links these techniques to com ... More

Keywords: Juvenal, invisible, Hadrian, Trajan, persona, Roman satire, sophist

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780199387274
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199387274.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

James Uden, author
Boston University