Ten. Persius, Juvenal, and Stoicism

  1. Susanna Braund2 and
  2. Josiah Osgood3
  1. Shadi Bartsch

Published Online: 21 SEP 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781118301074.ch10

A Companion to Persius and Juvenal

A Companion to Persius and Juvenal

How to Cite

Bartsch, S. (2012) Persius, Juvenal, and Stoicism, in A Companion to Persius and Juvenal (eds S. Braund and J. Osgood), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781118301074.ch10

Editor Information

  1. 2

    Stanford, Yale, London, UK

  2. 3

    Georgetown University, USA

Author Information

  1. University of Chicago, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 21 SEP 2012
  2. Published Print: 1 OCT 2012

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405199650

Online ISBN: 9781118301074



  • Persius, Juvenal, and Stoicism;
  • satirists, an ironic distance from doctrinals preached;
  • Persius and Stoicism, satiric opus endorsing Roman on Stoic doctrine;
  • Satire 2, Persius mockery of prayers to the gods for wealth/health/old age;
  • Satire 5, the satirist and his apprenticeship to Stoic, Cornutus;
  • Persius' Stoicism, having a Roman and first-century bent;
  • language and imagery of the first Satire, startling entrée into Persius' views;
  • idea of shaping oneself or one's interlocutor, in Stoic philosophy;
  • self-examination emerging in Seneca's project and Persius';
  • Persius' conciseness, Stoic' brevity, reminding one of one's own failures


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • Persius and Stoicism

  • Persius on Poetry

  • Self-Shaping and Imaginary Interlocutors

  • Persius, Philosophy, and Food

  • The Degraded Body

  • The Stoics on Poetry

  • Juvenal and Philosophy

  • Further Reading