An Introduction to the Satires of Juvenal



Woodcut of Juvenal

from the Nuremberg Chronicle,

late 1400s 

Dr. Richard A. LaFleur
(aka, Doctor Illa Flora)

About Dr. LaFleur

Recipient of the 2013 ACTFL Papalia Award for Excellence in Teacher Education

2021 tribute in The Classical Outlook 

Welcome to the website for my tutorial, "Ira et indignatio: An Introduction to Juvenal's Saturae"

SALVETE, VOS OMNES!! This is the site for my online tutorial on the Roman satirist Decimus Iunius Iuvenalis, aka "Juvenal," one of the two best known and most influential of Rome's satirists (the other being of course Horace). I am now offering this class, which I previously taught as a formal academic course through the University of Georgia’s Department of Classics. Application to the class is open to persons who have completed my tutorials in WHEELOCK, Ovid, and Vergil, or their equivalent.

If you think you may be interested in applying for this course of study, you should first read the Overview here and then email me for further information. Each of my tutorials is asynchronous, meticulously organized, and highly personalized; a customizable rapid refresher using WHEELOCK'S LATIN 7th Ed. and the Wheelock companion reader SCRIBBLERS, SCVLPTORS, AND SCRIBES, for those whose grammar and reading/translation skills may be a bit rusty, can be arranged as an add-on or a preamble to the Juvenal tutorial.


R. A. (“Rick”) LaFleur, aka Doctor Illa Flora


I wanted to take this opportunity to thank you for such a wonderful journey. It has been over a year since I have undertaken our collaboration and it has given me immeasurable pleasure. While I may not have reached my goal of fluent translation, I have learned so much more than I could ever have anticipated: I believe I have gained a real feel for the Latin language as evinced by my ability to translate in a literary manner and a much deeper understanding of Ovid, Vergil, and Juvenal than I ever could have achieved through my own study. Your devotion to teaching has been noteworthy and consistent, remarkable and amazing, and my life has been enriched by both your courses and my relationship with you. I give you great thanks.

                                                                Judith E.

The Satires of Juvenal and Persius, edited by Meric Casaubon (Pieter van der Aa, Leiden, NETH: 1695); photo of volume in the collection of R. A. LaFleur



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