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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

Fostering the human spirit with satire

Topics: classics Persius

While Hooley’s first book focused on Latin translations, his second book, The Knotted Thong: Structures of Mimesis in Persius (1997), is a study of Roman satire—namely of Persius, one of the three major Roman satirists. Hooley was drawn to this man and his work partly because Persius was considered such a “strange guy.” Satire, Hooley says, “fosters all those things that are healthy for the human spirit—it makes us laugh at silly things and sometimes makes us laugh at things that are egregious and wrong.”