The Sixteen Satires Short Essay - Answer Key

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1. What did Juvenal find irritating about play-writing?

Juvenal believed that all play-writes of his time were simply recycling material from the Greek mythologies. He believed that there was so much new material regarding modern immoralities that was being ignored.

2. Why did Juvenal write poetry?

Juvenal wrote poetry because he had so much indignation about the immoralities of the wold. He thought that immoralities were largely ignored, and he wanted to serve a different message to society through his art, although he was the first to admit that he did not have a talent for writing.

3. What did Juvenal consider to be the strongest vice in society during his time?

Juvenal believed that of all the vices, the pursuit of money was the strongest in society during his time. He saw the poor who managed to survive without resources, and compared them to the wealthy who would donate all of their money to the church, labeling it as reverence. Juvenal believed that if anything, temples should be built to worship money rather than the gods.

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