Figuring Genre in Roman Satire (American Classical Studies) by Catherine Keane

By Catherine Keane

Satirists are social critics, yet also they are items of society. Horace, Persius, and Juvenal, the verse satirists of old Rome, take advantage of this double id to supply their colourful commentaries on social existence and behaviour. In a clean comparative learn that mixes literary and cultural research, Catherine Keane finds how the satirists create one of these vibrant and incisive portrayal of the Roman social international. in the course of the culture, the narrating satirist determine doesn't notice human habit from a distance, yet adopts a number of charged social roles to achieve entry to his subject material. In his venture to entertain and moralize, he poses alternately as a theatrical performer and a spectator, a wrongdoer and sufferer of violence, a jurist and legal, a instructor and scholar. In those roles the satirist conducts penetrating analyses of Rome's definitive social practices "from the inside." Satire's attractiveness because the indispensable Roman style is therefore much more justified than formerly recognized.As literary artists and social commentators, the satirists rival the grandest authors of the classical canon. They educate their historical and sleek readers very important classes. First, satire unearths the inherent fragilities and problems, in addition to acknowledging the advantages, of Roman society's so much valuable associations. The satiric standpoint deepens our knowing of Roman ideologies and their fault traces. because the poets convey, no procedure of judgment, punishment, leisure, or social association is with no its flaws and screw ups. even as, readers are inspired to view the satiric style itself as a composite of those structures, loaded with cultural that means and hugely imperfect. The satirist who capabilities as either topic and critic trains his readers to strengthen a serious viewpoint on all types of authority, together with his personal.

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Lucilius first dared to compose poems in this genre, and to tear away the hide in which everyone went about in public looking shiny and clean, though foul within . . 62–65) Clearly both Horace’s method, and the method that he ascribes to his predecessor, aim to debase and debunk. But a closer reading of the passage above sheds a different light on Horace’s strategy. The process that Horace imagines Lucilius to have employed is actually inverted in the Sermones: instead of stripping off a façade, Horace clothes his targets in comic garb.

While performers are easy satiric targets, the ethical content of drama is valuable currency for a moralist. 105–120; cf. 4–22; cf. 28 Comedy’s stock characters represent particular vices, foibles, or misguided attitudes. But Horace does not take a strictly utilitarian approach to the ethical content of drama. He, too, acts as a dramatic subject, and with largely unflatter- 22 FIGURING GENRE IN ROMAN SATIRE ing effects. 30 The parade of stand-in satirists, other doctores inepti, puts the procedure of satiric moral criticism on display for the reader’s amusement in ways that monologues by the satirist cannot.

If applied to the scenario of satiric performance, this idea would suggest that Juvenalian satire merely serves as an emotional mirror, generating feelings that the reader already possesses or desires to see exhibited in someone else. Reading satire— ”watching” the actor-satirist perform—looks more like a self-seeking activity than an attempt to learn from another’s perspective. Second, the Greek’s agenda is pragmatic and involves assuming whatever emotion or attitude is required by the situation.

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