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The Sixteen Satires Chapter Summary & Analysis - Satire 10 Summary

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Satire 10 Summary

Few can distinguish between good and evil. Their fears and desires are not dictated by reason. For most, cash, in the form of large inheritances choke and destroy them. During Nero's reign, many were banished for their wealth, and their assets were seized. People are frightened to travel at night because of robbers and murderers. The most popular and urgent prayer is for wealth. Heraclitus cries while Democritus laughs at the vulgar displays of wealth. Men's current petitions are pointless and destructive. Some men are overthrown by their envy of power. Juvenal questions what fame and prosperity is worth having if it brings as much trouble as pleasure. Lust for money and power proves many men's ultimate downfall. Schoolboys pray for the eloquence of Demosthenes or Circero; yet, both men were destroyed because of their talent. Warriors yearn for victory and renown, but entire countries have been...

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