Recognizing Persius

American Journal of Philology 131 (4):706-709 (2010)


Reckford has produced a very serviceable introduction to a very difficult poet. Written with genuine verve and passion, this personal look at what many view as a crabbed and uncongenial writer is a welcome addition to an all too small English bibliography on Rome's third great satirist, after Lucilius and Horace. Beginning its life as the Martin lectures delivered at Oberlin a decade ago, this generous, often nostalgic look at the work of a young Stoic under the reign of Nero will surely help him find a wider audience among today's ambitious undergraduates and beginning graduate students.

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