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The Satyricon (Penguin Classics)

The Satyricon (Penguin Classics) [Kindle Edition]

Petronius , J P Sullivan
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The Satyricon is one of the most outrageous and strikingly modern works to have survived from the ancient world. Most likely written by an advisor of Nero, it recounts the adventures of Encolpius and his companions as they travel around Italy, encountering courtesans, priestesses, con men, brothel-keepers, pompous professors ­and, above all, Trimalchio, the nouveau riche millionaire whose debauched feasting and pretentious vulgarity make him one of the great comic characters in literature. Estimated to date from 63 - 65 AD, and only surviving in fragments, The Satyricon nevertheless offers an unmatched satirical portrait of the age of Nero, in all its excesses and chaos.

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Titus Petronius Arbiter is reputedly the author of the Satyricon. According to Tacitus, Petronius' chief talent lay in the pursuit of pleasures, in which he displayed such exquisite refinement that he earned the unofficial title of the emperor Nero's 'arbiter of elegance' (arbiter elegantiae). Court rivalry and jealousy contrived to cast on Petronius the suspicion that he was conspiring against the emperor, and he was ordered to commit suicide in A.D. 66. He gradually bled to death, opening his veins, binding and re-opening them, passing his last hours in social amusement and the composition of a catalogue of Nero's debaucheries.

J. P. Sullivan was Professor of Classics at the University of California, Santa Barbara when he died in 1993. He was the author of many works, including The Satyricon of Petronius: A Literary Study and Literature and Politics in the Age of Nero.

Helen Morales is Associate Professor of Classics at the University of California, Santa Barbara. She is co-editor of the journal Ramus: Critical Studies in Greek and Latin Literature, author of Vision and Narrative in Achilles Tatius' 'Leucippe and Clitophon' and Classical Mythology: A Very Short Introduction, and editor of the Penguin Classics Greek Fiction.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 534 KB
  • Print Length: 244 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0140448055
  • Publisher: Penguin; Revised edition (6 Oct. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fragments of a Roman novel 16 Oct. 2012
By Roman Clodia TOP 100 REVIEWER
Written during the first century CE by Petronius, a favourite of Nero, only fragments exist of this 'novel'. What we have describe the racy adventures of Encolpius with set pieces based around sex and eating, particularly the famous dinner party of Trimalchio.

Critics still argue over whether this should be classified as satire or a picaresque adventure but, whatever the genre, this is still amusing, entertaining and witty.

It perhaps works best if you have a fairly good knowledge of previous Latin (and Greek) literature with which it engages closely, but that shouldn't deter first time readers.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Frolics in the time of Nero 17 Jun. 2014
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There are entertaining exchanges and adventures among the characters in this fiction, presumably based on real life rogues in the time of Nero. The footnotes are very good to make the best of the references to gods and others, although it is a pain to go back and forth from the text to the back pages. It brings to life the follies of ancient Rome, many of which ring true today. There are many gaps in the text (lost in time), so this is not a page-turner. The cover, by the way, is the ancient equivalent in mosaic of "Beware the Dog!"
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