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And with a final flourish, at lines 14–19, Horace contrasts his own poetic skills with Lucilius’ flaws: unlike Lucilius, Horace can (or so he wants us to believe) actually exercise discipline in his writing; his goal in his own writing, unlike Lucilius’, was to speak raro et perpauca (18). Here, as in the rest of this complex and convoluted poem, Horace is refining his own sense of what satire ought to be and do, and cataloguing the typical ways in which the genre is misread and misinterpreted.

Suddenly the genre’s commonplace trope of anxiety about the dangers of mockery and censure took on a new urgency, as open dissent, even in literary form, became increasingly problematic under a succession of volatile, often paranoid emperors (see further in this volume Roller, Chapter 13). Persius and Juvenal were creatures of this later, imperial period in Roman history, living under a line of emperors who were infamous for their sensitivity to criticism (Nero in Persius’ lifetime, Domitian in Juvenal’s) and often ruthless in their responses to it.

Juvenal’s conception 16 Introduction: Persius and Juvenal as Satiric Successors of satire, Winkler suggests, is more familiar than Persius’, which perforce leads to a larger readership for Juvenal. If the whole of this volume can help Juvenal, and Persius too, to find new twenty-first-century readers and if it can help those readers to enjoy the art of satiric verse and to explore the nature of satire and the satiric tradition, it will have fulfilled some of its chief aims. For nearly 2,000 years, on or (sometimes) off, the imperial satirists have entertained readers and challenged them.

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