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The Sixteen Satires Setting & Symbolism

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Playwritingappears in Satire 1

Juvenal complains that playwriting consists mostly of rewrites of mythological themes and stories while ignoring the fresh material that the immorality of the world provides.

Clientsappears in Satires 1, 5 and 7

Clients are poets, artists or musicians who do work or entertain for a rich man, a patron. They expect financial support as retribution, yet they gain no respect in Juvenal's world, though they did in the past. Trebius is an example of a client in satire 5.

Fertility Ritesappears in Satire 2

The fertility rites are used to emphasize the homosexuality of Roman men. They are ironic since they exclude women, contrasting with the Roman rites of Bona Dea where men are excluded from the ritual.

Cumaeappears in Satire 3

Cumae is the isolated island where Umbricius intends to move because he is unable to make a...

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