A Companion to Petronius

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"This book provides an integrated exposition of the Satyricon as a whole. Starting with some basic background information, Professor Courtney surveys Petronius' novel sequentially, drawing out the leading themes and motifs of each episode. Thus links and patterns build up. A final chapter looks at the general characteristics of the work, high-lighting the abundant use of literary allusion and symbolism, and the treatment of sex." Throughout the book Petronius' work is related to the Greek novel as reconstruction from the later extant specimens suggests that it existed in his day. Latin and Greek quotations have been translated so that students of classical civilization and of comparative literature can benefit from this book as well as those of Latin literature and classics.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780199245949
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 2/6/2002
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 5.40 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

Bibliography
Introduction
I The Author 5
II Preliminaries 12
i The Novel Genre as Background 12
ii The Employment of Verse 31
iii First-Person Narrative 35
iv The Identity of the Protagonists 39
v The Lost Early Books 43
vi Characterization 49
III Book XIV 54
i 1-5, Rhetoric 54
ii 6-11, a Quarrel 62
iii 12-15, the Stolen Cloak 64
iv 16.1-26.6, Quartilla and an Orgy 65
IV The Feast of Trimalchio 72
i 26.7-31.11 72
ii 32.1-36.8 82
iii 37.1-41.8 86
iv 41.9-46.8, Conuiuarum Sermones 90
v 47.1-65.2 95
vi 65.3-78.8 108
vii Overview of the Cena 123
V Eumolpus replaces Ascyltos 127
i 79-82, Another Quarrel 127
ii 83-90, In the Picture-Gallery 133
iii 91-99, In the Inn 144
VI The Voyage 152
i The Odyssey and the Wrath of Priapus 152
ii 100.1-110.5, Lichas and Tryphaena Encountered Again 157
iii 110.6-112.8, the Widow of Ephesus 165
iv 113-115, the Shipwreck 173
VII Croton 178
i 116-117, Laying the Plot for Legacy-Hunting 178
ii 118, the Literary Theory of Eumolpus 181
iii 119.1-124.1, the Bellum Ciuile 184
iv 124.2-125.4, Resumption of Legacy-Hunting 189
v 126.1-139.4, Circe 190
vi 139.5-141.11, Legacy-Hunting Again 207
VIII Overall Aspects 214
i Mens ingenti flumine litterarum inundata 214
ii Sex in Petronius 222
iii Symbolism in Petronius 226
Addenda 231
Index 233
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