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The Sixteen Satires - Satire 8 Summary & Analysis

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Satire 8 Summary

In the eighth satire, Juvenal questions the importance of pedigree, insisting that the only test of true nobility is virtue. He aims this satire at Rebellius Blandus, claiming that he dishonors his ancient name through his immorality. His only claim to nobility is his heritage. Thoroughbreds are praised for their performance, not their pedigree. Juvenal asks Rebellius Blandus to show the world something besides his pedigree to earn respect, rather than leaning on his family's reputation. Rewards await a good ruler who does not victimize desperate and courageous men. If a man is virtuous, he can borrow his lineage from the gods of mythology; however, if he is not virtuous, his own ancestry will turn against him. Juvenal condemns Lateranus for acting wildly because he is no longer a youth. When destitute nobles act on stage or join the gladiators' ring, it is degrading to their heritage...

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