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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Sat’ire (2 syl.).
 
Scaliger’s derivation of this word from satyr is untenable. It is from sat’ura (full of variety), sat’ura lanx, a hotchpotch or olla podrida. As max’umus, optu’mus, etc., became maximus, optimus, so “satura” became sat’ira. (See Dryden’s Dedication prefixed to his Satires.)   1
   Father of satire. Archil’ochos of Paros (B.C. seventh century).   2
   Father of French satire. Mathurin Regnier (1573–1613).   3
   Father of Roman satire. Lucilius (B.C. (148–103).   4
       
“Lucilius was the man who, bravely bold,
To Roman vices did the mirror hold;
Protected humble goodness from reproach,
Showed worth on foot, and rascals in a coach.”
       
Dryden: Art of Poetry, c. ii.
 


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