Thirteen. Politics and Invective in Persius and Juvenal

  1. Susanna Braund2 and
  2. Josiah Osgood3
  1. Matthew Roller

Published Online: 21 SEP 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781118301074.ch13

A Companion to Persius and Juvenal

A Companion to Persius and Juvenal

How to Cite

Roller, M. (2012) Politics and Invective in Persius and Juvenal, in A Companion to Persius and Juvenal (eds S. Braund and J. Osgood), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781118301074.ch13

Editor Information

  1. 2

    Stanford, Yale, London, UK

  2. 3

    Georgetown University, USA

Author Information

  1. Johns Hopkins University, USA

Publication History

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

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405199650

Online ISBN: 9781118301074



  • politics and invective in Persius and Juvenal;
  • “the satirist,” persuading an audience to align themselves in mockery/ridicule;
  • “political” figures and institutions, being the ideal targets;
  • Lucilius' direct, vigorous, moralizing ridicule of powerful contemporaries;
  • satires of Persius/Juvenal, neither attacking/or praising contemporary figures;
  • texts' representation of struggles for power/status, and their interventions;
  • ancient critics scrutinizing Latin literary, for implied judgments on governments;
  • politics of “Free Speech” in Persius/Juvenal, satirist locating an ideal in Lucilius;
  • Juvenal, in his programmatic poem, exploring limits/possibilities of satiric “free speech”;
  • invective, difference-making tool in the satirist's kit, in humiliating the target


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • Approaches to the “Politics” of Latin Literature

  • The Politics of “Free Speech” in Persius and Juvenal

  • Invective

  • Conclusion: Invective and Politics

  • Further Reading