Satire in green: Marked clothing and the technique of indignatio at juvenal 5.141-45

Marianne Hopman*

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Abstract

At Juvenal 5.141-45, Virro distributes a curious series of presents to the children of his impoverished client Trebius: a viridis thorax, nuts, and an as. Through an exploration of the connotations attached to these gifts, I argue that the scene provides a vivid mise en abyme for the rest of the poem. Just as the dinner offered to Trebius is not only meager but transforms him into a buffoon, the presents given to his children are both mean and perverse. In particular, the viridis thorax has un-Roman and effeminate connotations akin to the description of patronage as a sexual perversion in Satire 9.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)557-574
Number of pages18
JournalAmerican Journal of Philology
Volume124
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2003

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Classics
  • Cultural Studies
  • Language and Linguistics
  • Linguistics and Language
  • Literature and Literary Theory

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