The sixteenth century was in many ways a century of satire. From posters and pamphlets to woodcuts and engravings, the era oftentimes expressed itself in caricature and lampoon. This course will explore satire as expressed in the Latin writings of figures such as Erasmus of Rotterdam, Ulrich von Hutten, Eobanus Hessus, Antonius Corvinus, Celio Secondo Curione, and Johann Hasenberg. It will look at common motifs, themes, and strategies, explore the literary traditions it taps into, and consider its objectives, both those it hoped to achieve and those it actually did. Particular attention will be paid to the use of Latin in its various styles, “dialects,” and registers and the effect the language itself was meant to have on its readership.