The paper sets the thesis that Juvenal, aware that aggressive satire in Lucilian style sounded
false and void when unrelated to its times, tried to avoid this danger and to pump up some drama
into his poems, so the figure of a Speaker blinded by anger was introduced to the Satires. The torrents
of enraged words were used in order to cover the fact that the objects of contempt were o f little
importance to the listening public.