Petronius the Poet: Verse and Literary Tradition in the Satyricon

Petronius the Poet: Verse and Literary Tradition in the Satyricon

by Catherine M. Connors

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This book investigates the thirty short poems and two long ones that form part of Petronius' Satyricon, the oldest surviving work of prose fiction in the Western tradition. Unlike general studies of Petronius that do not consider the verse in much detail, and a recent commentary on the short poems that treats them in isolation, this book presents detailed close readings of these poems in their fictional and literary historical contexts. All Latin and Greek is translated.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780521030892
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 01/18/2007
Edition description: Revised ed.
Pages: 184
Product dimensions: 5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.47(d)

Table of Contents

Prefatory note; Acknowledgements; List of abbreviations; Introduction: verse and genre in Petronian criticism; 1. Refashioning the epic past; 2. In the frame: context and continuity in the short poems; 3. Troy retaken: repetition and re-enactment in the Troiae Halosis; 4. The Bellum Civile; Epilogue; Bibliography; Index of passages discussed; Index of subjects.

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