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Possible Birthday of Juvenal

By March 2, 2014

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On This Day in Ancient History - March 2:

Although we don't know for sure, this may be the date the great Roman satirist Juvenal (Decimus Iunius Iuvenalis) was born in c. A.D. 55.

Juvenal tells the reader his style of satire covers all aspects of real life, past and present. In reality, the topics center on all aspects of vice. His first satire is called programmatic because it describes what he says he is going to do in his satires. Juvenal sets the mood by saying he is going to get revenge against all the long-winded ramblings of others.

I can't resist saying that if Juvenal could actually avoid the faults of others (wordiness), he would be an interesting addition to the "people" I follow on 140-character-restricted Twitter -- like Julius_Caesar or Aesopus.

In ancient Rome, the second of March was also the second day of the festival of Mars.


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