Quis nomen tenerum convivae contemnat? De constructie van de persona in J. C. Scaligers vijfde satire



Julius Caesar Scaliger (1484-1558), mostly known to us for his poetic theory, the Poetices
Libri Septem, is the author of an extensive, though largely unstudied poetic oeuvre. This
contribution treats the fifth satire, titled Conviva, in his collection Teretismata, and strives
specifically to analyze the development and representation of the satiric persona in this
specimen of cena-literature. In accordance with the insights of the persona theory, the
‘voice’ in the satire is not interpreted as a mirror of the author’s point of view, but as a
functional poetic construction. Using the text as a point of departure, we investigate the
evolution of the persona, how he is influenced by the surrounding scene, the author’s own
hidden agenda, the literary tradition through intertextual allusions to the Roman satirists
in order to finally reach a conclusion regarding the effect of the persona on the message
and interpretation of the satire.