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The Satires of Decimus Junius Juvenalis

Translated by William Gifford

1806 - London - G. and W. Nicol, Cadell and Davies, and R. Evans

8.5" by 5.5", lxxviii, 473pp

 
 
 
 
 
 

 

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 The Satires are a collection of satirical poems by the Latin author Juvenal written in the late 1st and early 2nd centuries AD.

Second Edition - corrected and enlarged.

With a portrait frontispiece.

Includes notes and illustrations from the translator William Gifford.

Armorial bookplate of Ingestre Hall, a 17th century red brick Jacobean mansion situated at Ingestre, Staffordshire, England, to front pastedown.

Juvenal wrote in the Roman Satura tradition, a formal literary genre rather than being simply clever, humorous critique in no particular format. In a tone and manner ranging from irony to apparent rage, Juvenal criticises the actions and beliefs of many of his contemporaries, providing insight more into value systems and questions of morality and less into the realities of Roman life. The author employs outright obscenity less frequently than Martial or Catullus, but the scenes painted in his text are no less vivid or lurid for that discretion. The author makes constant allusion to history and myth as a source of object lessons or exemplars of particular vices and virtues. Coupled with his dense and elliptical Latin, these tangential references indicate that the intended reader of the Satires was highly educated. The Satires are concerned with perceived threats to the social continuity of the Roman citizens: social-climbing foreigners, unfaithfulness, and other more extreme excesses of their own class. The intended audience of the Satires constituted a subset of the Roman elite, primarily adult males of a more conservative social stance.

CONDITION

In a full leather binding. Externally worn, with heat damage to the leather. The front board is held by two cords only. The rear joint is starting. Internally, firmly bound. Generally bright and very clean throughout, with just some spotted pages towards the rear. Overall: GOOD ONLY with a very good indeed interior.


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