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Aulus Persius Flaccus

(pûr`shēəs; ôl`əs, flăk`əs), A.D. 34–A.D. 62, Roman satirical poet, b. Etruria. A member of a distinguished family, he went to Rome in boyhood, was educated there, and came under the influence of the Stoic philosopher Lucius Annaeus Cornutus, to whom he became attached in lasting friendship. Gentle and modest by nature, Persius had high moral standards. His writings (only six short satires), influenced in manner by HoraceHorace
(Quintus Horatius Flaccus) , 65 B.C.–8 B.C., Latin poet, one of the greatest of lyric poets, b. Venusia, S Italy. He studied at Rome and Athens and, joining Brutus and the republicans, fought (42 B.C.) at Philippi.
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, c.180–102? B.C., Latin satiric poet, considered the founder of Latin satire, b. Campania, Italy. About 1,300 fragments survive from his 30 books. He influenced Horace, Persius, and Juvenal.
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, preach Stoic moral doctrine. He exposed to censure the corruption and folly of contemporary Roman life, contrasting it with the ideals of the Stoics and of earlier Rome. Persius' writing is harsh, obscure, and difficult to translate.



(Aulus Persius Flaccus). Born Dec. 4, 34, in Volater-rae; died Nov. 24, 62, near Rome. Roman poet and satirist.

Persius was in sympathy with the Senate’s opposition to Nero but was not active in public life. The themes of his six satires, published posthumously, are traditional for Stoic philosophy: the necessity of improving morals; education; self-knowledge; true freedom; and the wise use of wealth. The tone of the satires is impassioned and their style artificial. Persius continued the tradition of Horace and himself influenced Juvenal.


Satirae. Berlin, 1932.

Satirae. Oxford, 1961.

In Russian translation:

Satiry. In Rimskaia satira. Moscow, 1957. (Translated by F. A. Petrovskii.)


Marmorale, E. V. Persio, 2nd ed. Florence, 1956.
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and Persius, were no prophets, although their lines did seem
After the session, Jonah Kirui, alias Persius Hunter, and armed Flying Squad officers from Chumvi police station stormed my residence and harassed me,' Langat said.
The Baviad: A Paraphrastic Imitation of the First Satire of Persius (1791), and argues that Gilford's aversion to Delia Cruscan poetry was economic and political in nature, rather than primarily aesthetic.
Integral Calculus; Latin & Greek Exercises; Greek Testament, continued; Natural Theology, and Evidences of Christianity SENIOR CLASS First Session Second Session Persius.
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Also, see Lucia Battaglia Ricci, who in turn identifies traces of Persius and Boethius in Dante's exclamation (137).
Rusticitas versus Urbanitas in the Literary Programmes of Tibullus and Persius.
Auckland has works by Josephus, Juvenal and Persius (one manuscript), Lactantius, Aristotle, and Cicero.
Zwicker and David Bywaters, "Politics and Translation: The English Tacitus of 1698," Huntington Library Quarterly 52 (1989): 319-46; Kirk Combe, "Clandestine Protest against William III in Dryden's Translations of Juvenal and Persius," MP 87 (1989): 36-50.
Seneca, Publilius Syrus, Horace, Ovid, Virgil, Claudian, and Juvenal are cited often, with Martial and Persius appearing less often and contemporary authors like Erasmus and Palingenius also present.
Cowan's main argument is that Martial's Callimachus is mediated through and shaped by the Callimachus of earlier Latin poets like Catullus, Vergil, Horace, Propertius, Ovid, Persius and presumably others (p.
71) Hill considers the quotation on the Discoveries's title page, drawn from Persius ('live in your own house, and recognise how poorly it is furnished'), arguing that we must read it through Isaac Casaubon's early modern translation to understand that Jonson is inviting us to read the Discoveries as 'an assemblage of applicable commonplaces for political writing'.