The Satyricon

The Satyricon

by PetroniI

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Overview

According to Wikipedia: "Satyricon (or Satyrica) is a Latin work of fiction in a mixture of prose and poetry. It is believed to have been written by Gaius Petronius, though the manuscript tradition identifies the author as a certain Titus Petronius. As with the Metamorphoses of Apuleius, classical scholars often describe it as a "Roman novel", without necessarily implying continuity with the modern literary form. The surviving portions of the text detail the misadventures of the narrator, Encolpius, and his lover, a handsome sixteen-year-old boy named Giton. Throughout the novel, Encolpius has a hard time keeping his lover faithful to him as he is constantly being enticed away by others. Encolpius's friend Ascyltus (who seems to have previously been in a relationship with Encolpius) is another major character. It is a rare example of a Roman novel, the only other surviving example (quite different in style and plot) being Metamorphoses written by Lucius Apuleius. It is also extremely important evidence for the reconstruction of what everyday life must have been like for the lower classes during the early Roman Empire."

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781455415830
Publisher: Samizdat Express
Publication date: 11/10/2016
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 947,737
File size: 561 KB

About the Author

Titus Petronius Arbiter, the purported author of The Satyricon, was an advisor to the Roman emperor Nero. The victim of court intrigue, he commited suicide in AD 66.

J.P. Sullivan (d. 1993) was a professor of classics at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Helen Morales is an associate professor of classics at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

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