Overview

"The Satyricon" is the most celebrated work of fiction to have survived from the ancient world. It can be described as the first realistic novel, the father of the picaresque genre. It recounts the sleazy progress of a pair of literate scholars as they wander through the cites of the southern Mediterranean, encountering en route type-figures whom the author wishes to satirize—a teacher in higher education, a libidinous priest, a vulgar freedman turned millionaire, a manic poet, a superstitious sea-captain, a femme fatale. The novel has fascinated ...
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The Satyricon

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Overview

"The Satyricon" is the most celebrated work of fiction to have survived from the ancient world. It can be described as the first realistic novel, the father of the picaresque genre. It recounts the sleazy progress of a pair of literate scholars as they wander through the cites of the southern Mediterranean, encountering en route type-figures whom the author wishes to satirize—a teacher in higher education, a libidinous priest, a vulgar freedman turned millionaire, a manic poet, a superstitious sea-captain, a femme fatale. The novel has fascinated the literary world of Europe ever since, evoking praise for its elegant and hilarious description of the underside of Roman society, but also condemnation for some of its lubricous subjects; it also formed the subject of Fellini's controversial film. This new translation captures the gaiety of the original, whilst the introduction and detailed notes will provide serious students with a comprehensive and useful guide to the purposes of the novel.
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"A clever, yet scrupulous guide to the meaning of Petronius's Latin....When in paperback, an excellent teaching tool."--Religious Studies Review

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781596258211
  • Publisher: Digireads.com Publishing
  • Publication date: 10/20/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 43 MB
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Meet the Author

The manuscripts of the Satyricon ascribe the work to a "Petronius Arbiter", while a number of ancient authors (Macrobius, Sidonius Apollinaris, Marius Victorinus, Diomedes and Jerome) refer to the author as "Arbiter". Probably the name Arbiter is derived from Tacitus' reference to a courtier named Petronius as Nero's arbiter elegantiae or fashion adviser (Annals 16.18.2). That the author is the same as this courtier is disputed. Many modern scholars accept the identification, pointing to a perceived similarity of character between the two and to possible references in the Satyricon to affairs at the Neronian court. Others consider this conclusion "beyond conclusive proof"
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Table of Contents

Preface
Map: The World of the Satyricon
Satyricon 1
Pt. 1 Introducing Encolpius, Ascyltos, and Giton 1
Pt. 2 Quartilla's Orgy 11
Pt. 3 Trimalchio's Dinner Party 18
Pt. 4 Eumolpus 61
Pt. 5 The Ship of Lichas 79
Pt. 6 Croton 94
Commentaries 129
1 Who Was Petronius Anyway? 129
2 What Happened to the Text of the Satyricon? 133
3 Roman Oratory 139
4 Ancient Views on Sexuality 144
5 The Roman Household 150
6 Roman Dinner Parties 163
7 Roman Religion 168
8 Some Literary Influences on the Satyricon 173
9 Poetry, Prose, and the Satyricon 180
10 Roman Philosophy in the Satyricon 185
Selected Bibliography 191
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