PERSIUS [trans. DRUMMOND, William]. The Satires of Persius. London: J. Wright, 1797.
12mo. Full mottled calf, black spine label titles in gilt; pp. xxxii, 111; a neat, sturdy copy wth some general wear to the spine and edges.
A tidy edition containing the works of the Roman poet Aulus Persius Flaccus, generally known as Persius. In his lifetime Persius wrote six satires, which were published posthumously after he died of a stomach ailment at 28 years of age. The satires mocked the perceived moral decline of Rome, and advocated a Stoic philosophy. The rest of Persius' work (a tragedy and some early verse) were destroyed by his mother after his death for unknown reasons. Persius was a popular author from the time of publication through to the Middle Ages, and some early Christan writers (such as St Augustine, or Jerome) reference his work.
This is a translation of the work into English.