Five. Juvenal: The Idea of the Book

  1. Susanna Braund2 and
  2. Josiah Osgood3
  1. Barbara K. Gold

Published Online: 21 SEP 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781118301074.ch5

A Companion to Persius and Juvenal

A Companion to Persius and Juvenal

How to Cite

Gold, B. K. (2012) Juvenal: The Idea of the Book, in A Companion to Persius and Juvenal (eds S. Braund and J. Osgood), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781118301074.ch5

Editor Information

  1. 2

    Stanford, Yale, London, UK

  2. 3

    Georgetown University, USA

Author Information

  1. Hamilton College, USA

Publication History

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

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405199650

Online ISBN: 9781118301074



  • the idea of the Book, Juvenal's high rhetorical skills, intertextual references to epic poetry;
  • first Satire, as model for later satire, a hodgepodge, as Juvenal calls it;
  • Juvenal's first Satire, programmatic word, groundwork for all that is to come;
  • the term farrago, defining subject matter and material of satire, its mixed/incoherent nature;
  • Juvenal's Satires, defined by their messiness/exuberance/stuffed-fulledness;
  • Juvenal's force and charm as in his vivid exempla, an eye for specificity/visual detail;
  • women in Juvenal's Satires, cast in negative light, with reference to bodies/sex;
  • reading Juvenal, for his sharp-tongued humor/vivid depiction that stay alive;
  • Juvenal's sixteen Satires, continuing thread of themes/tones in inter-/intratextual commentary;
  • Juvenal's violent stigmatizing of socially deviant behavior in Satire 2, and affective language used


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction: How Many Juvenals?

  • Sex and Deviant Bodies in Rome

  • The Women of Juvenal: Boar Hunters and Cross-Dressers

  • Concluding Thoughts

  • Further Reading