Satyricon / Edition 1

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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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Editorial Reviews

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"This version by a translator who understands the high art of low humor is conspicuously funny."
Time

"William Arrowsmith's translation of The Satyricon meets the two fundamental requirements of the translator's art: perfect fidelity to the original and a vitality of style that tempts the reader to believe that the English version is not a translation.… A classic of literature."
—Allen Tate

"Arrowsmith's brilliant translation … at one stroke renders every other version obsolete."
London Times Literary Supplement

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780872205109
  • Publisher: Hackett Publishing Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 3/1/2000
  • Series: Classics Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 193
  • Sales rank: 1,229,575

Meet the Author

Titus Petronius Arbiter, the purported author of The Satyricon, was an advisor to the Roman emperor Nero. The victim of court intrigue, he commited suicide in AD 66.
J.P. Sullivan (d. 1993) was a professor of classics at the University of California, Santa Barbara.
Helen Morales is an associate professor of classics at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

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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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