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The Satyricon

by Petronius

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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 southernMediterranean. En route they encounter type-figures the author wickedly satirizes - a teacher in higher education, a libidinous priest, a vulgar freedman turned millionaire, a manic poet, a superstitious sea-captain and a femme fatale. The novel has fascinated the literary world of Europe eversince, 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. Walsh captures the gaiety of the original, and the edition is supplemented by his superb Introductiongiving 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.… (more)
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but LOVED the film... the book would never end ( )
  GirlMeetsTractor | Mar 22, 2020 |
Satiricón (Petronio)
El asno de oro (Apuleyo)
  LaBibliotecadeBabel | Mar 18, 2020 |
Prudery knows no end, it is true. But anything in which Oscar Wilde takes a hand is always worth reading. ( )
  NathanielPoe | Apr 17, 2019 |
So this is like a Roman Brideshead Revisited, a fantasy of lushness beyond this world. Only Petronius's fantasies include less Catholic moral reckoning and English awkwardness (which can carry an erotic charge just like anything can mate) and more let's be generous and call it "ephebophilia" and, like, elaborate Roman turduckens. ( )
1 vote MeditationesMartini | Nov 7, 2018 |
A picaresque novel set in Nero's time in which protagonist jumps from bad situation to worse, lover to lover, male to female lovers. Famous for feast scene at wealthy freeman's house. This is only remaining section of much larger work, so probably lacks full intended effect. Also has sections of poetry.
  ritaer | Jun 24, 2018 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Petroniusprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Allinson, Alfred R.Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Arrowsmith, WilliamTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Berrio, AlbertTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Burnaby, WilliamTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
De Guerle, M. HéguinTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Dutourd, JeanForewordsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Firebaugh, W. C.Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Germers, AnnekeCover designersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Gillette, Paul J.Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Giró, RomàTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Grimal, PierreTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hoffmann, CarlTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hunink, VincentTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Leeman, A.D.Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Müller, KonradEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Mitchell, John MalcolmTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Rodríguez Santidrian, PedroTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Rubio Fernández, LisardoTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Walsh, P. G.Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Whibley, CharlesContributorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Wilde, Oscarsupposed translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Werden denn unsere Rhetoren von einer anderen Art Besessenheit ergriffen, wenn sie ausrufen: "Wunden erlitt ich im Kampf für die Freiheit unseres Landes, dies Auge verlor ich im Kampfe für euch, gebet mir einen Führer, der mich zu meinen Kindern führe, denn zerhaunes Kniegelenk trägt den schwachen Leib nicht mehr".
Aber ergreift unsere Sprecher eine andere Art von Wut, die da schreien: "Für die Freiheit des Vaterlandes empfing ich diese Wunden! Dieses Auge habt ihr mich gekostet! (übersetzt von Wilhelm Heinse)
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As there is currently no 'series description' field for 'Publisher series', please allow me to say there is an article giving an overview of the first thirteen volumes of The Broadway Translations, beginning with Petronius the Satyricon, in The Classical Weekly, vol. xix, no. 24 (3 May 1926), pp. 195-198. An online copy of the first page is available at JSTOR; the rest of the article is pay-to-view.
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From gutter to gut // In maesa Trimalchionis // You'll putter about

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