Consider one of the epigrams of Martial or Juvenal

Module 8: Respond to one viewing/reading source (200 words minimum) and then to at least two other student posts (15 points/5 pts/5 pts). At least 300 words total are expected (add word count). Write directly in the typing field. Remember that you may have to wait until someone chimes in on another topic than yours — hence obliging you to go back and rejoin the discussion.

For this discussion board, choose one of these three options and answer all questions. Please note that the relevant readings are in the slideshow (look for the Giuseppe Sciuti image again):

1) Consider one of the epigrams of Martial or Juvenal. What does it mean to you? Some might be comic, others serious, but all make some observation about society – some more obvious than others. Explain how your choice might still be relevant now as well.

2) Comment on Juvenal’s Satire X, On a Long Life. In this lengthy meditation on growing old, the poet makes several key observations, moving from darkly comic to frankly tragic. Note at least two such details and explain what you think the author means. You’re welcome to make connections to your own experience with aging too, drawing on personal examples as before.

3) Consider the following points after viewingFederico’s Fellini Satyricon (1969), a very free adaptation of Titus Gaius Petronius’ Satyrica (c. 50 CE). To respond, either dispute or affirm someone else’s reading and compare it with your own.

  • What scenes stand out for their acting or the impact of their particular plot (narrative) event? Consider their visual power, the soundtrack and dialogue, and/or any other aspect of Fellini’s directing techniques that may affect you. What impresses (or disappoints) you there? You must discuss at least 2 scenes, one from each half of the film (approximately).