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This edition includes a modern introduction and a list of suggested further reading.
 

The Satyricon offers a mocking, insider's glimpse into the most excessively decadent, cruel, and contradictory aspects of life in Nero's Rome. A series of wandering, debauchery-filled tales, starring a picaresque anti-hero named Encolpius, the text leaves no stone unturned in its ...
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The Satyricon (Barnes & Noble Digital Library)

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Overview


This edition includes a modern introduction and a list of suggested further reading.
 

The Satyricon offers a mocking, insider's glimpse into the most excessively decadent, cruel, and contradictory aspects of life in Nero's Rome. A series of wandering, debauchery-filled tales, starring a picaresque anti-hero named Encolpius, the text leaves no stone unturned in its relentlessly humorous battle against all forms of bad taste. It is considered by many to be the crown jewel of Roman literary achievement.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781411466708
  • Publisher: Barnes & Noble
  • Publication date: 3/13/2012
  • Series: Barnes & Noble Digital Library
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 603,198
  • File size: 443 KB

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Most of what we know about Gaius Petronius (or Petronius Arbiter) comes from Tacitus' Annals. Herein, we learn that Petronius' lifestyle mocked that of the hard-working Marcus Catoesque, "new man" of the Roman Republic. He is said to have slept during the day and to have worked at night in the science of pleasure.
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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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