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JOVENAL'S AND PERSIUS FLACCUS VELLUM'S ANTIQUE ROMAN POETRY, PUBLISHED IN DUTCH IN 1709

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Year/Century: 18th century
Language: Dutch
Subject: Literature & Fiction
Binding: Vellum
Description: Persius Flaccus A. and Juvenalis, D.I. All the schimpdichten, by different dichteren in Nederduitse vaarzen overgebracht W. van Kessel Haarlem, 1709, 2 volumes in 1 (38,330; (20,66p.). Frontispiece engraved by J. GOEREE Manuscript title on the spine of the original vellum binding; library stamp on the frontispiece and title page Excellent condition, slight vellum soiling. Dimensions: 5 by 8 3/4"; language: Dutch Decimus Junius Juvenalis , known in English as Juvenal , was a Roman poet active in the late first and early second century AD. He is the author of the collection of satirical poems known as the Satires. The details of the author's life are unclear, although references within his text to known persons of the late first and early second centuries AD fix his earliest date of composition. One recent scholar argues that his first book was published in 100 or 101. Because of a reference to a recent political figure, his fifth and final surviving book must date from after 127. 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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