Perseus Documents Collection Table of Contents
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That all, but especially the covetous, think their own condition the hardest. Bad men, when they avoid certain vices, fall into their opposite extremes. We ought to connive at the faults of our friends, and all offenses are not to be ranked in the catalogue of crimes. He apologizes for the liberties taken by satiric poets in general, and particularly by himself He describes a certain journey of his from Rome to Brundusium with great pleasantry. Of true nobility. He humorously describes a squabble betwixt Rupilius and Persius. Priapus complains that the Esquilian mount is infested with the incantations of sorceresses. He describes his sufferings from the loquacity of an impertinent fellow. He supports the judgment which he had before given of Lucilius, and intersperses some excellent precepts for the writing of Satire. He supposes himself to consult with Trebatius, whether he should desist from writing satires, or not. On Frugality. Damasippus, in a conversation with Horace, proves this paradox of the Stoic philosophy, that most men are actually mad. He ridicules the absurdity of one Catius, who placed the summit of human felicity in the culinary art. In a humorous dialogue between Ulysses and Tiresias, he exposes those arts which the fortune hunters make use of, in order to be appointed the heirs of rich old men. He sets the conveniences of a country retirement in opposition to the troubles of a life in town. One of Horace's slaves, making use of that freedom which was allowed them at the Saturnalia,206 rates his master in a droll and severe manner. A smart description of a miser ridiculously acting the extravagant.