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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (4,374 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Juvenal Narrator: Charlton Griffin Publisher: Audio Connoisseur Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 2006 ISBN:
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To listen to The Satires by Juvenal is to come face to face with the corruption, the debauchery, the waste, the sloth, and the mean-spirited greed of ancient Rome...or is it more like modern times?

Indeed, these masterpieces of biting social commentary could easily have been written today about any number of metropolitan areas we are all familiar with. Almost anyone who comes into contact with these vitriolic rants against the foibles of humanity will be struck by the similarities to our own times. There are many famous catch-phrases from Juvenal that listeners will immediately recognize (One rotten apple spoils the whole barrel, among others.)

Juvenal did not like Rome, or at least not what it had become by the late first century A.D. And, in poetry crackling with cynicism, outrage, and passion, he tells us in great detail precisely what he loathes about the times he lives in. In a rough, tough, and slashing manner, Juvenal has left us 16 satires on various subjects, including woman's vanity, sexual license, avaricious courtiers, base cupidity, heartless displays of vulgar wealth, hypocrisy, despicable aristocrats, back-stabbing social climbers, and vile superstitions. Nothing escaped his penetrating gaze.

Little is known about Decimus Junius Juvenalis, the poet we know as Juvenal. He took up writing in his maturity and lived from about 60 to 140 A.D., a period that encompassed the reigns of Nero through Antoninus Pius. He is thought to have been a soldier, but all we know of him comes from his own pen. Although easily one of the greatest satirists of all time, he was practically unknown until about 200 years after his death.

Translation by R. Humphries.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sarah | 1/20/2014

    " It's hilarious! So cynical. I re-read parts of it from time to time. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Batur | 1/16/2014

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    " what a witty romp through both sarcasm and the english language. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pam | 1/8/2014

    " Sarcastic, entertaining, and engrossing, I love all 'definitions'. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Aaron | 1/2/2014

    " Great fun, great satire. I read it in middle school and I thought it was a riot even then. The wit and humor is as fresh today as when it was written 100 years ago. It certainly deserves another read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Keith | 11/27/2013

    " This book is 'effin excellent. Funny from start to finish and true in ways only Bierce could manage. It's a pity his life wasn't as funny or carefully planned. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Frankie | 11/26/2013

    " a good coffee table book. i good example of bierce's scathing wit in a heavily-censored time in american history. the bible of american sarcasm. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tia Katrina Canlas | 11/20/2013

    " Brilliant Bierce directly redefines our world with definitions. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brendan | 11/1/2013

    " Malevolently funny, right about everything. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andrew | 10/23/2013

    " Some of the entries are dated (it having been written a century ago), but Bierce's rapier wit and insight remain strong. A great "toilet read", since you can read it for only a few minutes at a time without losing anything. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sam | 4/23/2013

    " Hilarious! Perfect for quoting and spicing up speeches, papers, and everyday conversations. "

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    " It's Bierce, what more do I need to say? This is the "Best Bathroom Reading Rack Book--EVER," even better than the Meditations of Marcus Aurelius. Every home--and bathroom--should have a copy. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Daniel Burton | 4/20/2010

    " Ambrose has a fierce, if sarcastic and cynical, wit. I think this book is better in smaller doses. "

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Thomas | 2/4/2010

    " A classic short read as biting and relevant today as it was one hundred years ago. Bierce redefines words with the acerbic wit of Mark Twain. "

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    " Ambrose Bierce, n. A rare combination of scorn, cynicism, and devilish wit. "

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    " If he wasn't dead, I would go to Mexico and look for Bierce. This year's junior research paper for English 11 was fun, because he was my topic. A lovely little book of definitions that I might not agree with but can sure respect his wit and humor. Makes me wonder what else I'm missing that he wrote. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kevin | 11/6/2007

    " Ambrose Bierce takes you through a dictionary of cynical witticisms. I think it would be the perfect "bathroom book" because I found it difficult to read straight through. Many of his comments make you think. My favorite of his definitions..." Befriend...to make an ingrate." Well worth reading. "

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