Juvenal   The Satires
At the dawn of the modern era, Samuel Johnson took inspiration
from Juvenal for his poem "The Vanity of Human Wishes."   Dryden
also found that his translations of Juvenal could serve as political
and social commentary during his own day.  A writer today could
do the same, emulating the spirit of the classical master in a new
work to great effect.  The pompousness, the ideologies, the
conventional wisdoms and politically correct sensibilities of our
modern world are begging for another Juvenal to step boldly forth
to deflate and defuse them.   Alas, we have to make do with these
survivals of the classical age.   But these originals have lost none
of their bite.   At a time when poetry has lost its impact on the
conscience of modern society, we do well to return to Juvenal to
experience again the vitality of his satires as they enter into the
fray of day-to-day life.  

Peter Green's fine
translation  is quite
readable, and comes
with more than
adequate notes in an
paperback edition.  
For fun and contrast,
take a peak at the
translations of
Juvenal by John