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Cambridge Companion to Roman Satire

Cambridge Companion to Roman Satire - 05 edition

ISBN13: 978-0521006279

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ISBN13: 978-0521006279
ISBN10: 0521006279
Cover type: Paperback
Edition/Copyright: 05
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Published: 2005
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Cambridge Companion to Roman Satire - 05 edition

ISBN13: 978-0521006279

Kirk Ed. Freudenburg

ISBN13: 978-0521006279
ISBN10: 0521006279
Cover type: Paperback
Edition/Copyright: 05
Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Published: 2005
International: No
Summary

Satire as a distinct genre of writing was first developed by the Romans in the second century BCE. Regarded by them as uniquely 'their own', satire held a special place in the Roman imagination as the one genre that could address the problems of city life from the perspective of a 'real Roman'. In this Cambridge Companion an international team of scholars provides a stimulating introduction to Roman satire's core practitioners and practices, placing them within the contexts of Greco-Roman literary and political history. Besides addressing basic questions of authors, content, and form, the volume looks to the question of what satire 'does' within the world of Greco-Roman social exchanges, and goes on to treat the genre's further development, reception, and translation in Elizabethan England and beyond. Included are studies of the prosimetric, 'Menippean' satires that would become the models of Rabelais, Erasmus, More, and (narrative satire's crowning jewel) Swift.

  • Offers the most comprehensive coverage of any single volume on Roman satire, including its receptions in more recent centuries
  • Provides both the novice reader and the expert with the latest scholarship as well as numerous critical insights
  • Provides guides to further reading and to key dates in the genre's development
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