The Roman Novel: The 'Satyricon' of Petronius and the 'Metamorphoses' of Apuleius

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1970 Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good+ dust jacket 0521076587. Light discoloration to DJ spine. Former owner has put the date "3rd August 1970, Blackwells" on ffep in black ... marker.; The Satyricon of Petronius and the Metamorphoses (or Golden Ass) of Apuleius are the only novels written at Rome before A. D. 200 to have survived. The genre is the comic romance, the literature of relaxation in the ancient world. In this book the author defines the genre and sets it in the context of other forms of fiction then being written, demonstrating that both Petronius and Apuleius introduced important innovations into the traditional comic romance. He then goes on to provide a critical analysis of the Satyricon, with a separate chapter on Trimalchio's feast, the central and most richly comic episode of the book. The Golden Ass is similarly studied, again with special analysis of its centrepiece, the story of Cupid and Psyche. The final chapter assesses the later influence of the two novels on the main stream of Europe Read more Show Less

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"The Satyricon" of Petronius and the "Metamorphoses" (or "The Golden Ass") of Apuleius are the only novels written at Rome before AD 200 to have survived. The genre is the comic romance, the literature of relaxation in the ancient world. This study defines the genre and sets it in the context of other forms of fiction of the period. It shows that both Petronius and Apuleius introduced important innovations into the traditional comic romance. A critical study of "The Satyricon" is included, with a separate chapter on Trimalchio's feast, a central comic episode of the book. "The Golden Ass" is similarly examined, again with special analysis of its centre piece, the story of Cupid and Psyche. The book assesses the later influence of the two novels on the mainstream of European picaresque fiction.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780521076586
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 7/2/1970
  • Pages: 286
  • Product dimensions: 5.79 (w) x 8.86 (h) x 0.87 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
List of Abbreviations
1. Introduction
2. The formative genres
3. The literary texture
4. The 'Satyricon'
5. 'Cena Trimalchionis'
6. The 'Metamorphoses'
7. 'Cupid and Psyche'
8. 'Nachleben': the Roman novel and the rebirth of the picaresque
Appendix 1 The date of the 'Satyricon'
Appendix 2 The career of Apuleius and the date of the 'Metamorphoses'
Appendix 3 The Isiac Aretaogy from Kyme
Select bibliography
Indexes
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