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Pliny and Juvenal An Analysis Both Pliny and Decimus Junius Juvenalis or Juvenal for short were extraordinary people of ancient Rome Although Pliny and Juvenal had different ideas about what Roman life was truly like when reflecting on these two pieces together a person he or she should see the paradox and get an idea of what Roman life was like Pliny was enthralled by the beauty and splendor of upper class Juvenal was contending with lower class troubles during the time of imperial Rome Juvenal and Pliny both make many interesting points about Rome Plinys interesting points that he made were always biased in the sense they emphasized Romes worth and beauty He starts by giving a basic overview of how the city is laid out which is divided into fourteen districts has 265 crossroads and no other place in the world can vie with it in sizePliny Rome actually wasnt as big as Pliny would suggest with this but he does admit that it is only 26 miles if you draw a straight line from the mile column placed at the entrance to the forum to each of the gates which are at a present thirty-seven in number and it is a circle because Pliny tells the measurement of the circumference of the city Pliny Pliny gives great details that really describe what the city is proud of One achievement they are particularly proud of is the seven rivers made to flow by artificial channels beneath the city Pliny They are proud of their sewer system because no other city has an advanced one like it While Pliny tells all of the achievements of Rome Juvenal tells all of Romes faults Juvenal describes Rome as a disastrous place that no decent person would want to live in because life in not suitable based on what he said According to Juvenal a person could be thought lazy and careless for going to dinner
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