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The Satyricon
Petronius Arbiter.
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Uniform Title:
Satyricon. English
Publication Information:
Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 1999.

Physical Description:
liii, 212 pages ; 20 cm.
Reading Level:
1450 Lexile.
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PA6558.E5 W3 1997 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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`The language is refined, the smile not grave, My honest tongue recounts how men behave.' The Satyricon is the most celebrated work of fiction to have survived from the ancient world. It can be described as the first realistic novel, the father of the picaresque genre, and recounts the sleazy progress of a pair of literature scholars as they wander through the cities of the southernMediterranean. En route they encounter type-figures the author wickedly satirizes - a teacher in higher education, a libidinous priest, a vulgar freedman turned millionaire, a manic poet, a superstitious sea-captain and a femme fatale. The novel has fascinated the literary world of Europe eversince, evoking praise for its elegant and hilarious description of the underside of Roman society, but also condemnation for some of its lewder subjects. This new and lively translation by P.G. Walsh captures the gaiety of the original, and the edition is supplemented by his superb Introductiongiving an account of the plot, the various scholarly interpretations and the later histtory of its literary influcence. There are also extensive and detailed notes which serve to illuminate the reading of a text rich in literary in-jokes and allusion.

Author Notes

P. G. Walsh is Emeritus Professor of Humanity at the University of Glasgow. He translated and edited Apuleius, The Golden Ass for World's Classics.

Table of Contents

The Satyriconp. i
Preface and Acknowledgmentsp. vii
Introductionp. xiii
Select Bibliographyp. xlvi
1 At the School of Rhetoricp. 1
2 Dubious Encounters in the Townp. 5
3 Jealousy at the Lodgingp. 7
4 An Episode in the Marketp. 9
5 Enter Quartilla, the Priapic Priestessp. 12
6 Dinner at Trimalchio'sp. 20
7 Giton Spurns Encolpius for Ascyltusp. 67
8 Eumolpus in the Art Galleryp. 71
9 Reconciliation with Giton; Eumolpus as Rivalp. 79
10 The Episode on Ship. Enter Lichas and Tryphaenap. 88
11 The Journey to Crotonp. 110
12 The Encounter with Circep. 124
13 Eumolpus and the Legacy-Huntersp. 145
Index and Glossary of Namesp. 205