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The Satyricon AND The Apocolocyntosis Rev Ed Edition, Kindle Edition
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Firebaugh was careful in his work and did try to sort out the separate supplements for this book, which came down to us in a fragmentary style. So although complete as the subtitle of this declares, some of this book is not necessarily what Petronius Arbiter actually wrote. Bearing that in mind then this is still a good translation, although if you have never read the story before, and indeed this translation, then I should point out that it is for more mature audiences due to some of the content.
The style that we have here is Menippean satire, and along with the prose there are a number of poems. And so we start off reading of the adventures of the narrator, with his servant/gay lover. With what we would consider a teacher taking advantage of his position to solicit sexual acts, along with such memorable characters, such as Trimalchio the freedman, who is certainly one of the nouveau riche so we read a tale where we can see much has not changed over the centuries.
In some ways this reads as a piece of realism, with more fantastical elements added, so this does give us some idea of what life was like at the times, from foods eaten, the beliefs of people, and what it felt like to be a Roman. This is very bawdy though, with bedhopping, sexual acts between men and women, as well as men, and even voyeurism.
This was popular when Petronius wrote this and has still many fans up unto today. This particular edition, which does have an active table of contents has also been popular, although also notorious as it has run into legal troubles over the years for obscenity.
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