Brill’s New Pauly Supplements II - Volume 8 : The Reception of Antiquity in Renaissance Humanism

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Satire
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A. Concept and ancient origins

S., defined as a principle of literary and artistic performance characterized by comedy, polemic, mockery, irony and exaggeration, can be associated with all conceivable genres of literature and art. At the same time, S. has become established as a literary  term primarily in reference to the verse S. that was written in the metre of the dactylic hexameter in ancient Rome and that survived as a genre with fluctuating metres until the 18th cent. The form of the so-called Menippean S. of Antiquity (Satura Menippea, after the Cynic poet Menippus of Gadara,…

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Landfester, Manfred (Gießen), “Satire”, in: Brill’s New Pauly Supplements II - Volume 8 : The Reception of Antiquity in Renaissance Humanism, English edition by Chad M. Schroeder (2017). Original German-language edition: Renaissance-Humanismus. Herausgegeben von Manfred Landfester. Serie: Der Neue Pauly Supplemente 2. Staffel, herausgegeben von Manfred Landfester und Helmuth Schneider, vol. 9. Stuttgart, Germany. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH (2014). Consulted online on 18 September 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2468-3418_bnps8_SIM_004975>
First published online: 2015



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