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The Sixteen Satires - Satire 13 Summary & Analysis

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Satire 13 Summary

Evil deeds result in unpleasantness for the doer of them. Juvenal chides Calvinus' anger over a friend refusing to refund a sum entrusted to him. It is rare to find good men because it is the ninth age of mankind; nature has no metal base enough with which to name the age to reflect the immorality of men. Morals were stricter in ancient times, and crimes and offenses were punishable by death. Now, this is not so; a decent god-fearing man is a miracle and a scientific phenomenon. Calvinus has lost around ten thousand in cash, but others lose money also, and some of them are less able to replenish their funds. Men do not fear the gods; they believe money is worth the gods' punishment. They will swear in the gods' temples as the wronged cry out to the gods for help, yet the gods do...

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