Satyricon

ISBN-10: 0192839527

ISBN-13: 9780192839527

Edition: 1999

Authors: Petronius Arbiter, P. G. Walsh

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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 southern Mediterranean. En route they encounter type-figures the author wickedly satirizes - a teacher in higher education, a libidinous priest, a vulgar freedman turned millionaire, a manicpoet, a superstitious sea-captain and a femme fatale. The novel has fascinated the literary world of Europe ever since, 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. Walshcaptures the gaiety of the original, and the edition is supplemented by his superb Introduction giving 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.
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Book details

List price: $11.95
Copyright year: 1999
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 8/19/1999
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 272
Size: 5.50" wide x 7.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.396
Language: English

The Satyricon
Preface and Acknowledgments
Introduction
Select Bibliography
At the School of Rhetoric
Dubious Encounters in the Town
Jealousy at the Lodging
An Episode in the Market
Enter Quartilla, the Priapic Priestess
Dinner at Trimalchio's
Giton Spurns Encolpius for Ascyltus
Eumolpus in the Art Gallery
Reconciliation with Giton; Eumolpus as Rival
The Episode on Ship. Enter Lichas and Tryphaena
The Journey to Croton
The Encounter with Circe
Eumolpus and the Legacy-Hunters
Index and Glossary of Names
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