- Publisher: PENGUIN CLASSICS
- Format: Paperback | 256 pages
- Language: English / Latin
- Dimensions: 130mm x 196mm x 18mm | 159g
- Publication date: 2 December 1986
- Publication City/Country: London
- ISBN 10: 0140444890
- ISBN 13: 9780140444896
- Edition: Revised
- Edition statement: Revised ed.
- Sales rank: 83,554
Perhaps the strangest and most strikingly modern work to survive from the ancient world, The Satyricon relates the hilarious mock epic adventures of the impotent Encolpius, and his struggle to regain virility. Here Petronius brilliantly brings to life the courtesans, legacy-hunters, pompous professors and dissolute priestesses of the age and, above all, Trimalchio, the archetypal self-made millionaire whose pretentious vulgarity on an insanely grand scale makes him one of the great comic characters in literature. Seneca's The Apocolocyntosis, a malicious skit on the deification of Claudius the Clod', was designed by the author to ingratiate himself with Nero, who was Claudius' successor. Together, the two provide a powerful insight into a darkly fascinating period of Roman history.
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J.P. Sullivan has held appointments in Classics or Arts and Letters at the Universities of Oxford, Cambridge, Texas, Buffalo, Minnesota, ad Hawaii. He is the author of The Satyricon of Petronius: A Literary Study, Propertius: A Critical Introduction, Literature and Plitics in the Age of Nero and Martial: The Unexpected Classic.
The Satyricon is a fragmented story about some dubious types on a journey, and contains the famous caricature of Trimalchio, the Roman yuppie who gives dinner parties of fabulous bad taste. It is frank and robust - like the people it was written for. Review by Lindsey Davis, whose books include 'Two For the Lions' (Kirkus UK)
Back cover copy
For this edition Professor Sullivan has updated his translation and his invaluable literary and historical introductions in the light of the latest research; he has also included all Petronius' surviving verse.
Table of contents
The Satyricon; The ApocolocyntosisPETRONIUS Introduction The Author and Date of the Satyricon The Extent of the Work and the Plot The Literary Qualities of the Satyricon On the Text and Translation Acknowledgments The Satyricon Puteoli Dinner with Trimalshio Eumolpus The Road to Croton Croton The Fragments and the Poems List of Characters Notes on the Satyricon Notes on the Fragments and Poems SENECA Introduction The Authorship and Date of the Apocolocyntosis The Place of the Work in Seneca's Writings The Literary Qualities of the Apocolocyntosis On the Text and Translation The Apocolocyntosis of the Divine Claudius Notes on the Apocolocyntosis