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Translating the Classics

A visit with Daniel Hooley, Professor of Classics

By Tammy Ritterskamp
Published: - Topics: imagination history Roman satire Persius theory

“Funnily critical, or critically funny?”

Topics: language literature

Most recently, Hooley has completed an introductory book on Roman satire. It covers the historical development of satire, explaining the genre as inherently human: “It’s in our blood; it’s hardwired into our brains.” Satire carries a very broad definition: it is partly a reaction to power and a way of expressing resistance, but at other times it provides a vehicle to poke fun at things.