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The Satyricon (Penguin Classics) by [Petronius]
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"This version by a translator who understands the high art of low humor is conspicuously funny."
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"William Arrowsmith's translation of The Satyricon meets the two fundamental requirements of the translator's art: perfect fidelity to the original and a vitality of style that tempts the reader to believe that the English version is not a translation. A classic of literature."
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"Arrowsmith's brilliant translation at one stroke renders every other version obsolete."
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About the Author

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: 1638 KB
  • Print Length: 230 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0140448055
  • Publisher: Penguin; Revised ed. edition (6 Oct. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005HHSXRI
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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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J.P. Sullivan's excellent translation of a challenging and mysterious novel (even now!) remains fresh and modern whilst capturing the original flavour of the text. It is accompanied by a useful introduction and helpful explanatory notes, which can help unravel some of the oddities of what Petronius writes. The translation to me also seems to be more readable and free-flowing than the Oxford World's Classics edition, and has better print quality. Sullivan's translation is useful both for readers without any knowledge of Latin and for Latin students who wish to explore some Petronius! Definitely worth the money in my view.
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A wonderfully funny translation which reads easily in a modern world. Using it to back up Latin lessons where we are working on the expurgated version, which is missing the juicy bits!
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This is a supremely witty book. What's more it absolutely works to this day, rather than some stuffy epic which people don't really enjoy reading this is an absolute pleasure.
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Fantastic!
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