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April 17 , 2010

The Satyricon of Petronius Arbiter (Illustrated and Annotated)


The Satyricon, or Satyricon liber ("The Book of Satyrlike Adventures), is a Latin book of fiction believed to have been written by Gaius Petronius, though the manuscript tradition identifies the author as a certain Titus Petronius. The Satyricon is an example of Menippean satire, which is very different from the formal verse satire of Juvenal or Horace. The work contains a mixture of prose and verse (commonly known as prosimetrum); serious and comic elements; and erotic and decadent passages. As with the Metamorphoses (also called The Golden Ass) of Apuleius, classical scholars often describe it as a "Roman novel", without necessarily implying continuity with the modern literary form.

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The Satyricon of Petronius is the only directly realistic novel that has come down to us from the ancient world. Its value as a picture of everyday life under the early Roman Empire is thus unique. But the work itself is far from being merely a dry record of facts. It communicates with masterly force and humour, satire and lyricism, the very…

This edition has formatted for your reader, with an active table of contents.  It has also been extensively annotated, with additional information about the work and also about Petronius Arbiter, including an overview, history, main characters, plot, analysis, adaptations, and biographical information.

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