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The Satyricon

Petronius Arbiter (Book - 1986 )
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The Satyricon

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Perhaps the strangest - and most strikingly modern - work to survive from the ancient world, The Satyricon relates the hilarious mock epic adventures of the impotent Encolpius, and his struggle to regain virility. Here Petronius brilliantly brings to life the courtesans, legacy-hunters, pompous professors and dissolute priestesses of the age - and, above all, Trimalchio, the archetypal self-made millionaire whose pretentious vulgarity on an insanely grand scale makes him one of the great comic characters in literature. Seneca's The Apocolocyntosis, a malicious skit on 'the deification of Claudius the Clod', was designed by the author to ingratiate himself with Nero, who was Claudius' successor. Together, the two provide a powerful insight into a darkly fascinating period of Roman history.
Authors: Petronius Arbiter
Title: The Satyricon
Publisher: Harmondsworth, Middlesex, England ;, New York, N.Y., U.S.A. :, Penguin Books,, 1986
Edition: Rev. ed
Characteristics: 242 p. ;,20 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Petronius. And, The Apocolocyntosis / Seneca ; [both] translated with introductions and notes by J.P. Sullivan
Additional Contributors: Sullivan, J. P. - (John Patrick)
Seneca, Lucius Annaeus - Apocolocyntosis - approximately 4 B.C.-65 A.D
ISBN: 0140444890
Branch Call Number: 873.01 P497s 1986
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  • TomLibrarian rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

"The Satyricon, is a raucous and witty novel that parodies earlier Greek and Roman epics (especially Homer's Odyssey). It was written during the reign of the Roman emperor Nero (54–68 A.D.), and gives its readers an entertaining and sometimes harrowing glimpse of the shape and vicissitudes of life in southern Italy under the Roman Empire. Its author is usually identified with Titus Petronius Niger, a wealthy Roman aristocrat described by the Roman historian Tacitus as the emperor Nero's "arbiter of elegance." The story follows the actions of Encolpius, an epic anti-hero who has a series of wild misadventures."


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