Timeline: Roman satire and its influence.
1 Beginnings (?)
5 Menippeans and after.
"This is the best introduction to this subject this reviewer has encountered … It is stimulating, original, and highly informative, and it takes account of all relevant scholarship … Summing Up: Essential. All readers; all levels." (Choice)
"What sets this introductory book apart from others of its kind is its dedication to tackling the perpetually vexing question of satire as a genre - the question that vexed the satirists themselves." (Bryn Mawr Classical Review)
"A volume to which one would direct bright students in search of stimulation and intellectual challenge." (Scholia Reviews)
- Provides a compact and critically up-to-date introduction to Roman satire.
- Focuses on the development and function of satire in literary and social contexts.
- Takes account of recent critical approaches.
- Keeps the uninitiated reader in mind, presuming no prior knowledge of the subject.
- Introduces each satirist in his own historical time and place – including the masters of Roman satire, Lucilius, Horace, Persius, and Juvenal.
- Facilitates comparative and intertextual discussion of different satirists.