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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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Jordan then described the poem 'A Sermon on Swift' as perhaps even greater than Mnemosyne Lay in Dust, '[f]or it is a rare literary achievement--we must look back to Persius or Pope to find an equivalent.
Elsewhere in Burne-Jones's androgynous fantasy she plays both the Archangel Gabriel and the Virgin of the Annunciation (1879); a female Persius who receives arms from her tripled self, the three Nereides, in order to rescue herself from a seamonster, although the chains are not fixed but loosely draped around her arms (1888).
6) This is one of the very few times Frye so much as mentions the two Roman poets widely considered to be the major practitioners of satire by prior critics; Frye's interest is almost exclusively with the previously neglected prose anatomy or Menippean satire, but his consistent neglect of Horace and Juvenal, to say nothing of Persius or Pope, is remarkable.
134, his mane edictum, post prandia Callirhoen do, Persius is referring to Chariton.
5) The Muse's advice alludes to Persius, Satires 1,7: nec te quaesiveris extra, "do not seek yourself outside [yourself]".
Skunk Works produced the small P-791 hybrid demonstrator, which first flew in January 2006, and was expected to lead to the US Army's Persius project, the ill-fated forerunner of the LEMV.
In addition, please accept these witty satires of Juvenal and Persius as dice cheerful to the mind in return for our sacramental friendship.
He insists upon the legitimate role of "exornaciones poeticas," and "amplificacion" as "la mas gallarda figura de la Retorica" in countering the petty criticisms against what Daniello advises; comic and satirical authors can use "palabras bajas" as do Terence and Persius (576).
The three-month campaign, codenamed Operation Persius, will also tell seasonal shoppers to be more cautious and not leave valuables on show.
The final section is devoted to the impact of Roman rhetoric on Roman literature, exploring such authors as Virgil, Lucan, Horace, Ovid, Persius, Juvenal and Seneca.
It is perhaps no coincidence, for instance, that in the fall of 1839, when Henry Thoreau and his brother John were both romantically interested in Ellen Sewall--and John seemed closer to winning the rivalry--Henry distracted himself from his hurt feelings by working on a translation of Aeschylus' Prometheus Bound and essays on the Roman satirist Persius.