Twelve. Imperial Satire and Rhetoric

  1. Susanna Braund2 and
  2. Josiah Osgood3
  1. Christopher S. van den Berg

Published Online: 21 SEP 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781118301074.ch12

A Companion to Persius and Juvenal

A Companion to Persius and Juvenal

How to Cite

van den Berg, C. S. (2012) Imperial Satire and Rhetoric, in A Companion to Persius and Juvenal (eds S. Braund and J. Osgood), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781118301074.ch12

Editor Information

  1. 2

    Stanford, Yale, London, UK

  2. 3

    Georgetown University, USA

Author Information

  1. Amherst College, USA

Publication History

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

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405199650

Online ISBN: 9781118301074



  • imperial satire and rhetoric, as a semiotic system, using negative differentiation;
  • rhetoric at Rome alongside/independently of satire, sharing common traits;
  • satire of the imperial period, not just from rhetoric, making rhetoric crucial to satire;
  • Lucilius using satire, in exploring moral/cultural definitions;
  • passage on Virtus, influence of rhetoric at the genre's beginnings;
  • Horace Satire 1.2, and the satirist's struggle with definitions;
  • satirist's definitions of rhetoric, weapon in the satirist's arsenal in genre developed;
  • authors of satire, culminating in Juvenal, rejecting rhetoric/accepting its essentialiality;
  • the satirist, defining his poetry against two different kinds of “others”;
  • satire's interest, in proper use of language, within the rhetoric of Persius/Juvenal


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • The Satirist's Rhetoric of Definitions

  • The Satirist's Definitions of Rhetoric

  • Images of Rhetoric in Persius, Juvenal, and Their Predecessors

  • Rhetoric and the World in Juvenal's Fourth Satire

  • Conclusion

  • Further Reading