W e may well, therefore, be led to consider drama and verse-satire as complementary parts o f a considerable mass o f literature that gained its savour from personal attacks, more or less disguised. And it may well be that the growing wave o f formal satire in the hands o f emulators o f Juvenal and

Martial spread through the provinces to give a new turn to the ambitions o f local poetasters, hitherto content w i th ballad and j ig.