Petronius: A Handbook / Edition 1

Hardcover (Print)
Buy New
Buy New from
Used and New from Other Sellers
Used and New from Other Sellers
from $89.81
Usually ships in 1-2 business days
(Save 27%)
Other sellers (Hardcover)
  • All (7) from $89.81   
  • New (5) from $89.81   
  • Used (2) from $118.98   


Petronius: A Handbook unravels the mysteries of the Satyrica, one of the greatest literary works that antiquity has bequeathed to the modern world.

  • Includes a dozen original essays by a team of leading Petronius and Roman history scholars
  • Features the first multi-dimensional approach to Satyricon studies by exploring the novel's literary structure, social and historic contexts, and modern reception
  • Supplemented by illustrations, plot outline, glossary, map, bibliography, and suggestions for further reading
Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Each chapter includes useful discussion of further readings." (CHOICE, September 2009)


Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781405156875
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 2/24/2009
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Jonathan Prag is a University Lecturer in Ancient History at the University of Oxford, and a Tutorial Fellow of Merton College. His main areas of research are Hellenistic and Republican Sicily, and the Roman Republic. He has edited a volume (Sicilia nutrix plebis Romanae) on Cicero's Verrines, and is currently co-editing a volume on The Hellenistic West and writing a book on the non-Italian soldiers of the Roman Republican army.

Ian Repath is Lecturer in Classics at Swansea University. His principal research interests are Greek and Latin prose fiction, and literary aspects of Plato. He is the author of the forthcoming article, Plato in Petronius: Petronius in platanona, and co-editor (with John Morgan) of Where the Truth Lies: Fiction and Metafiction in Ancient Narrative. He is a founding member of KYKNOS, the Swansea, Lampeter, and Exeter Centre for Research in Ancient Narrative Literatures.

Read More Show Less

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations ix

List of Contributors x

Preface and Acknowledgments xiii

Abbreviations xiv

Jonathan Prag and Ian Repath 1

Map 15

1 Reading the Satyrica
Niall W. Slater 16

2 Petronius and Greek Literature
J. R. Morgan 32

3 Petronius and the Roman Literary Tradition
Costas Panayotakis 48

4 Letting the Page Run On
Poetics, Rhetoric, and Noise in the Satyrica
Victoria Rimell 65

5 Sex in the Satyrica
Outlaws in Literatureland
Amy Richlin 82

6 The Satyrica and Neronian Culture
Caroline Vout 101

7 Freedmen in the Satyrica
Jean Andreau 114

8 A Funny Thing Happened on My Way to the Market
Reading Petronius to Write Economic History
Koenraad Verboven 125

9 At Home with the Dead
Roman Funeral Traditions and Trimalchio's Tomb
Valerie M. Hope 140

10 Freedmen's Cribs
Domestic Vulgarity on the Bay of Naples
Shelley Hales 161

11 Petronius's Satyrica and the Novel in English
Stephen Harrison 181

12 Fellini-Satyricon
Petronius and Film
Joanna Paul 198

Bibliography 218

Index locorum 234

General Index 244

Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star


4 Star


3 Star


2 Star


1 Star


Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation


  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

    If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
    Why is this product inappropriate?
    Comments (optional)