Aules Persius Flaccus was one of four major Roman verse satirists, the others being Gaius Lucilius (168-101 (?) BCE), Quintus Horatius Flaccus (or Horace, 65-8 BCE), and Decius Iunius Iuvenalis (or Juvenal, 67-130s (?) CE). Persius, like his predecessors, and like Juvenal who followed him, wrote predominantly in the dactylic hexameters that came to identify the genre of Roman verse satire. In adopting this mainstream verse form, Persius distinguished his work from the mixed verse and prose “satires” of his near contemporaries Seneca and Petronius. But Persius' poetry is anything but conventional in its character, tone, and composition. It is, in fact, the most eccentric, dense, complex, and difficult of all extant Roman satire.

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Citation: Hooley, Daniel. "Persius". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 31 January 2007 [, accessed 05 March 2024.]

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