The word satire is derived from he latin word satura denotes a medley or mixture of things and also the. Lanx satura dish full of mixed fruits (offered to gods during festivals) There is an erroneous etymology of satire with the mythological satyr figure which is widespread until the 17c false etymology. Casaubon in 1605 published a treatise on satire. He was the first to distinguish between the latin word of satire and this false etymology. He pointed out the true etymology of satire. Satires have been written as both stage form and art form. Satires have been practiced in verse form, prose form and drama. Ennius (239-169) first to use the word saturae: wrote medleys on diverse subjects. Lucilius (102 bc) predecessor to horac first practicioner of satire whose work still exists today in fragments. Sort of a forefather of satire except there isn"t a large enough body of his work to be looked at carefully.