Satyricon by Petronius Arbiter

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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 work—as 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.

 

About Petronius Arbiter

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Sarah Ruden, poet and essayist, received her Ph.D. in Classics from Harvard University.
 
Published March 1, 2000 by Hackett Publishing Company, Inc.. 256 pages
Genres: History, Humor & Entertainment, Literature & Fiction, Education & Reference. Non-fiction

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So if Brown sometimes makes Petronius use proleptic quotation (Raphael's phrase), ie making references in the text to works of literature yet to be composed, then it's because that is the best way to convey the spirit and technique of the original.

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