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The Satires omitted in the following selection, are the second, sixth, and ninth. The rest are printed in a form strictly expurgate. The divisions of the Satires, and general arrangement of the text, are from Owen. The other editions, from whence notes have been borrowed, (marked with their several initials,) are those of Achaintre, Dusaulr, Gifford, Madan, Marshall, Prateus the Delphin editor, Ruperti, Valpy, the Variorum, (i. e. Britannicus, Farnabius, and Lubinus) and Wilson.
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SHORT CHRONOLOGY :
THE WRITINGS OF JUVENAL,
BEGINNING WITH THE YEAR 14. OF THE CHRISTIAN ÆRA.
14. TIBERIUS. Emperor of Rome.' 26. Tiberius retires to the isle of Capri, and commits
the management of public affairs to Sejanus.
Sat. x. 90-95. 31. Sejanus disgraced and executed. Sat. x. 56 et seqq. 37. CALIGULA. Emperor. 41. CLAUDIUS. Do. 48. Messalina, the wife of Claudius, publicly marries
the beautiful C. Silíus ; for which they are both
executed. Sat. 8. 301-317. - At this time, Pallas (mentioned Sat. i. 101.) and
Narcissus, (Sat. xiv. 328.) the two freedmen of
Claudius, are in high favour and opulence. 52. Claudius marries Agrippina, the mother of Nero. 54. Claudius poisoned by Agrippina in his favourite
16 We know little more of Juvenal, (says Owen,) than that he lived and died. Instead, therefore, of attempting an account of his life, it was thought more expedient to exhibit a short System of Chronology adapted to his writings."