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The Satyricon: AND The Apocolocyntosis : The Apocolocyntosis - Petronius Arbiter

The Satyricon: AND The Apocolocyntosis

The Apocolocyntosis

Paperback Published: 1st December 1986
ISBN: 9780140444896
Number Of Pages: 256
For Ages: 18+ years old

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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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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)

The Authorship and Date of the Satyriconp. 11
The Extent of the Work and the Plotp. 16
The Literary Qualities of the Satyriconp. 18
On the Text and Translationp. 26
Acknowledgementsp. 33
The Satyricon
Puteolip. 37
Dinner with Trimalchiop. 51
Eumolpusp. 92
The Road to Crotonp. 126
Crotonp. 141
The Fragments and the Poemsp. 163
List of Charactersp. 181
Notes on the Satyriconp. 185
Notes on the Fragments and Poemsp. 204
The Authorship and Date of the Apocolocyntosisp. 209
The Place of the Work in Seneca's Writingsp. 212
The Literary Qualities of the Apocolocyntosisp. 214
On the Text and Translationp. 218
The Apocolocyntosis of the Divine Claudiusp. 221
Notes on the Apocolocyntosisp. 234
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ISBN: 9780140444896
ISBN-10: 0140444890
Series: Penguin Classics
Audience: General
For Ages: 18+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 256
Published: 1st December 1986
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.68 x 13.34  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.19
Edition Number: 1

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