Writing Down Rome: Satire, Comedy, and Other Offences in Latin Poetry

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Taking particular plays and poems from Roman comic theatre and the genre of Latin satire, this book finds Rome sending up Roman culture - making a mess of drama, jesting at rustic gaucherie, caricaturing the cult of masculine aggression. Writing Down Rome explores the robust poetic of self-denigration. Henderson's essays celebrate the energetic self-mockery that powers much of Roman poetry. They range widely over comedy, lyric, bucolic, and, in particular, the Roman speciality of satire.

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John Henderson is at King's College, Cambridge.

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Henderson is an astute reader, adept at finding the ironies in Latin poetry. Timothy Moore, Religious Studies Review, Vol.26, No.3.

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