Lucilius, Satires

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Lucilius

Lucilius

Liber I

Sat. I. 1

Varro, L.L., V, 17: Lucilius suorum unius et viginti librorum initium fecit hoc—

Aetheris et terrae genitabile quaerere tempus.

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Persius, Sat., I, 1:—

O curas hominum! O quantum est in rebus inane!

Schol., ad loc. . . . Hunc versum de Lucili primo transtulit.

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Charisius, ap. G.L., I, 125, 19 K: ‘Canes.’ Lucilius I—

<r littera . . .> inritata canes quam homo quam planius dicit.

Cp. Nonius, 31, 25; Donatus ad Ter., Adelph., II, 4, 18 (. . . Lucilius de littera r).

Varro: Lucilius S Lucretius cdd.

  • 1quaerere, tempus M Schol.: principio Reitzenstein qui lib. X trib.
  • 3r littera addidi coll. Donat., I.c.
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Book I

Lucilius

Book I

Composed (probably after the death of L. Cornelius Lentulus Lupus) in 123 a b.c., and after Books XXVI-XXX. I distinguish three satires.

Sat. I. Introduction. Lucilius disclaims physical philosophy.

1

Varro: Lucilius composed the following as the beginning of his twenty-one books— b

To seek the time which generated sky and earth.

2

He approaches satire:

Persius:—

Oh, the cares of mankind! Oh, how much emptiness there is in the world! c

Schol. on this passage: . . . This line Persius transferred from the first book of Lucilius.

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The snarl of satire:

Charisius: ‘Canes.’ Lucilius in (book) I—

the letter r, which a dog, when it is teased, utters more plainly than a man.

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DOI: 10.4159/DLCL.lucilius-satires.1938