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This new Satyricon features not only a lively, new, annotated translation of the text, but fresh and accessible commentaries that discuss Petronius' masterpiece in terms of such topics as the identity of the author, the transmission of his manuscript, literary influences on the Satyricon, and the distinctive literary form of this work—as well as such features of Roman life as oratory, sexual practices, households, dinner parties, religion, and philosophy. It offers, in short, a remarkably informative and engaging account of major aspects of Imperial Roman culture as seen through the prism of our first extant novel.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

[Ruden] has caught, better than any translator known to me, both the conversational patterns of Petronian dialogue and the camera-sharp specificity and color of the Satyricon's descriptive passages. . . . A quite extraordinary achievement against heavy odds. --Peter Green, The Los Angeles Times Book Review

Relying on. . . her excellent knowledge of Latin, her lively feel for contemporary slang and rhythm, and her infectious love of the work, [Ruden] gives us the full Satyricon; she shows us a man making a comic masterpiece out of Neronian chaos. . . . Her book as a whole, breathing knowledge and affection, is a delight. --Donald Lyons, The New Criterion

This is a really useful volume which can readily be recommended as a set text to students. The ten commentaries at the end are judicious overviews of important topics connected with the work and the suggestions for further reading are up-to-date and intelligent. --Susanna Morton Braund, Yale University

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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: 1,289,078

Meet the Author

Sarah Ruden, poet and essayist, received her Ph.D. in Classics from Harvard University.

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Table of Contents

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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