WEFOUNDThe Satires of A. Persius Flaccus (Classic Reprint)


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Persius , in full Aulus Persius Flaccus ( / ˈ p ɜːr ʃ i ə s , ˈ p ɜːr ʃ ə s / ; 4 December 34, in Volterra – 24 November 62), was a Roman poet and satirist of Etruscan origin. In his works, poems and satires , he shows a stoic wisdom and a strong criticism for what he considered to be the stylistic abuses of his poetic contemporaries. His works, which became very popular in the Middle Ages , were published after his death by his friend and mentor, the stoic philosopher Lucius Annaeus Cornutus .

A keen observer of what occurs within his narrow horizon, Persius does not shy away from describing the seamy side of life (cf. e.g. such hints as Sat. iii.110), especially the relationship between excesses of consumption and moral failure; he shows little of Horace's easy-going acceptance of human weaknesses. Perhaps the sensitive, homebred nature of Persius can also be glimpsed in his frequent references to ridicule, whether of great men by street gamins or of the cultured by philistines . Montaigne mentions Persius several times.

The manuscripts of Persius fall into two groups, one represented by two of the best of them, the other by that of Petrus Pithoeus , so important for the text of Juvenal . Since the publication of J. Bieger 's de Persii cod. pith. recte aestimando (Berlin, 1890) the tendency has been to prefer the tradition of the latter.

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