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Sun, Jan 14, 2024 12:00PM EST
Lot 68


Estimate: $525 - $600

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Year/Century: 17th century
Language: Latin
Subject: Literature & Fiction
Binding: Vellum
Description: Iunius Decimum Juvenalis. Auli Persi Flacci Satyrae Cum Veteris Scholastae & D. Junii Jevenalis... Hendrik Wetsten (1684) in Amsterdam Dimensions: 5 by 8". Embossed vellum, slightly foxed text in Latin, engraved frontispiece, upper part of front joint split. Excellent interior condition. Decimus Junius Juvenalis, a.k.a. Juvenal in English, was a late first- and early second-century AD Roman poet. The Satires, a collection of satirical poems, are all written by him. Although the author's life story is obscure, his oldest writing date is determined by allusions in his book to well-known individuals from the late first and early second centuries AD. According to a modern academic, his debut work came out in 100 or 101. His fifth and last surviving book has to be from after 127 because of a reference to a contemporary political person. Juvenal penned at least sixteen dactylic hexameter poems. Numerous Roman subjects are covered in these poems. This is in the lyrical tradition of Horace and Persius, and it follows Lucilius, the founder of the Roman satirical genre. The Satires are an essential resource for studying ancient Rome from a variety of angles, even though accepting the content as absolutely true is problematic due to their humorous way of communication. The Satires could initially be interpreted as a criticism of Rome's pagan culture. Even if most ancient manuscripts were lost, that criticism might have facilitated their survival by the Christian monastic scriptoria.


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