Four. Life in the Text: The Corpus of Persius' Satires

  1. Susanna Braund2 and
  2. Josiah Osgood3
  1. Catherine Keane

Published Online: 21 SEP 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781118301074.ch4

A Companion to Persius and Juvenal

A Companion to Persius and Juvenal

How to Cite

Keane, C. (2012) Life in the Text: The Corpus of Persius' Satires, in A Companion to Persius and Juvenal (eds S. Braund and J. Osgood), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781118301074.ch4

Editor Information

  1. 2

    Stanford, Yale, London, UK

  2. 3

    Georgetown University, USA

Author Information

  1. Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, USA

Publication History

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

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405199650

Online ISBN: 9781118301074



  • life in the text, corpus of Persius' Satires, appreciation of functional objects/shapes;
  • Persius' textual corpus, interesting characteristics of Persius' text;
  • Persius' corpus fitting neither Lucilian abundance, nor a larger Horatian trajectory;
  • Persius' book as framework for thematic play/meaningful intratextuality;
  • Persius using imagery, reflecting changing nature of the satiric genre itself;
  • Persius being no exception to the satiric pattern, developing it in unique ways;
  • the Satires, the language of privacy, of a larger moral theme/poetic one;
  • Persius' self-presentation as the satirist's claims, in teaching the audience;
  • Satire 1, the poet's pose changing, paradoxes, representative of the world;
  • narratives of poetry books, manipulating texts' material form/limitations


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • The Space of the Book

  • The Story of the Book

  • The Stuff of the Book

  • The Sensations of the Book

  • The Seriousness of the Book

  • Further Reading