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Persius: A Study in Food, Philosophy, and the Figural

Shadi Bartsch


Persius’ Satires have long resisted interpretation. A curious amalgam of satire and philosophy, they are couched in bizarre and violent metaphorical language and unpleasant imagery. They show little concern for the pleasure and understanding of the reader, instead attacking all humans for falling short of Stoic moral standards and depicting their values and behaviour in mocking terms. This short study investigates the function of Persius’ primary metaphors, showing how he turns to digestion, cannibalism, and pederasty to formulate his critique of men, mores, and contemporary poetry as part of ... More

Keywords: satire, Stoicism, digestion, cannibalism, metaphor, Ars Poetica, honey, Alcibiades, decoctius, didactic

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780226241845
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2015 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226241982.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Shadi Bartsch, author
University of Chicago

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