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The Satires are not broadsides; like those of Juvenal, but soft brooms for sweeping away pretensions: he is never abusive and rarely likely to antagonize his contemeporaries. The poems are rational, but shrewed; moral, but clear. they succeed in their primary aim of entertainment. the Satires and Epistles constitute deft, amusing and learned reflections on contemporary life and letters. Persius (born AD 34) lived only to the age of twenty-eight. his Satires add up to less than seven hundred lines, yet their originality and style have kept their author alive ever since. He exchanges Horace's broom for a blade - subtle and glinting with innovation - honed on philosophy and pointed courageously in the direction of Nero and his court.
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