Persius on his predecessors: A re-examination.
SourceThe Classical Quarterly
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The practice of satirists like Persius referring to their predecessors Lucilius, Horace and the like by name, serves not only as a means pf paying tribute to the creator of the particular literary genre, but also as a pretext for the poet to converse with the literary tradition that preceded him. Persius' satirical writings are examined in the above contest to find out if he presented elements of criticism aimed both at Lucilius and Horace and how he defined his own place within the evolution of the literary genre.