The Satyricon

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"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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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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780198150121
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 7/25/1996
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 5.63 (w) x 8.81 (h) x 0.95 (d)

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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  • Posted July 25, 2009

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    Amazingly and ironically contemporary...

    What strikes me the most about Petronius' story is how similar some of the situations are to America today. It gives the stories a contemporary flavor that is at once surprising and scary. We live in a fairly decadent society and I think if we don't watch it we will go the same route as the Romans in the not-too-distant future. One can only hope that civilization will prevail and we won't be thrown into a new Dark Age.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 4, 2004

    Classical Burlesque Satire

    Petronius' Satyricon is a unique satire on decadence and pleasure. Although the story takes place during Nero's reign, one begins to see that many of the scenes have relevance to today's society and its own debaucheries. The story follows the adventures of Aschyltus and Encolpio; two rhetoricians who are on an infinite quest for pleasure. Their frienship is challenged by their mutual attraction to Giton, a scoundrelous slave-boy who seems to have more wits and vices than all of the other characters combined. This triad of debauches is also joined by Emolpus, a sheming trickster and pseudo-intellectual who's always looking to hit the jack pot. The most memorable scene in the fragmentary work is Trimalchio's dinner; this chapter surprisingly brings the ancient past closer to modern times in its recital of the characters' casual conversations on money, opportunism, business, and, of course, pleasure. I personally found this translation the most faithful in trying to convey the type of low-brow humor and puns that Petronius seems to have intended in his work. I strongly recommend this translation above other for that reason.

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