"The Frank, the Friendly, and the Fictional: Speech in the Fragments of Lucilius’ Satires.”

Vatican_Keane_736Thursday, March 10 | 7:00 PM | Griffin Hall, Room 6

Catherine Keane, Associate Professor, Department of Classics at St. Louis’ Washington University, will discuss Roman poets of verse satire who combined moralistic diatribe with dialogue and narrative about social life, and who looked back to the second-century-BCE Lucilius as the inventor of their genre. The surviving fragments of Lucilius’ Satires allow us to glimpse the poet’s experiments in building poetry out of different kinds of speech, mimicking his social environment.

Professor Keane will propose ways of reading some of the more curious cases from the early poems.