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Title:
Satyricon
Author:
Petronius Arbiter.
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Uniform Title:
Satyricon. English
Publication Information:
Indianapolis : Hackett Pub. Co., [2000]

©2000
Physical Description:
ix, 193 pages : 1 map ; 23 cm
Language:
English
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ISBN:
9780872205109

9780872205116
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Book

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Summary

Summary

This new Satyricon features not only a lively, new, annotated translation of the text, but fresh and accessible commentaries that discuss Petronius' masterpiece in terms of such topics as the identity of the author, the transmission of his manuscript, literary influences on the Satyricon , and the distinctive literary form of this workâas well as such features of Roman life as oratory, sexual practices, households, dinner parties, religion, and philosophy. It offers, in short, a remarkably informative and engaging account of major aspects of Imperial Roman culture as seen through the prism of our first extant novel.


Author Notes

Sarah Ruden, poet and essayist, received her Ph.D. in Classics from Harvard University.


Table of Contents

Prefacep. vii
Map: The World of the Satyriconp. x
Satyriconp. 1
Part 1 Introducing Encolpius, Ascyltos, and Gitonp. 1
Part 2 Quartilla's Orgyp. 11
Part 3 Trimalchio's Dinner Partyp. 18
Part 4 Eumpolpusp. 61
Part 5 The Ship of Lichasp. 79
Part 6 Crotonp. 94
Commentariesp. 129
1 Who Was Petronius Anyway?p. 129
2 What Happened to the Text of the Satyricon?p. 133
3 Roman Oratoryp. 139
4 Ancient Views on Sexualityp. 144
5 The Roman Householdp. 150
6 Roman Dinner Partiesp. 163
7 Roman Religionp. 168
8 Some Literary Influences on the Satyriconp. 173
9 Poetry, Prose, and the Satyriconp. 180
10 Roman Philosophy in the Satyriconp. 185
Selected Bibliographyp. 191