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date: 12 August 2020

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If “satire” in its broadest meaning constitutes a pervasive element of Neo-Latin literature, Neo-Latin satire nonetheless manifests itself in two major forms, viz. (i) as an isometric poem (sermo) in the vein of Lucilius, Horace, Persius, and Juvenal; and (ii) as prosimetric or Menippean satire, in imitation of Seneca’s Apocolocyntosis or the fragmentary and novel-like Satyricon by Petronius. Taking into account both contemporary and current debates on the poetics of satire, this chapter traces the developments and principal representatives of either form. It also surveys the primary themes treated by Neo-Latin satirists and examines the satirical spirit in other modes of writing (such as the letter or the Lucianic dialogue) as well as the relation between Neo-Latin satire and the vernacular.

Keywords: Neo-Latin satire, Horace, Juvenal, Persius, Petronius, Lucian, verse satire, Menippean satire, prosimetrum, Neo-Latin and the vernacular

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