A Commentary on The Satyrica of Petronius

Hardcover | November 27, 2011

byGareth Schmeling

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The Satyrica is a thrilling piece of literature and rare example of the Roman novel, credited to Titus Petronius. It is as modern today as in the time when it was written under the Roman emperor Nero. This is the first comprehensive commentary on the whole of Petronius' Satyrica, and anattempt to unify and comprehend, as much as possible, the fragmentary text by looking carefully at the bits and pieces which have survived. The Satyrica's unique nature as a historical document from the ancient world has meant that it has been studied vigorously by social historians; it provides rare insights into the lives of ordinary Roman people, such as the narrative about Trimalchio the Roman businessman, as well as documenting theevolution of Latin into the various Romance languages as we know them today. Petronius puts into the mouth of each of his characters a distinctive and socially defining level of Latin, so that the world of the Satyrica is populated not by characters who speak a kind of Latin which made Latin a deadlanguage, but by flesh and blood people who have made Latin live until today. Schmeling's commentary offers readers a comprehensive analysis of this historically important text through philological, linguistic, historical, and narratological discussions, while highlighting past doubts on Petronius' authorship of the Satyrica.

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The Satyrica is a thrilling piece of literature and rare example of the Roman novel, credited to Titus Petronius. It is as modern today as in the time when it was written under the Roman emperor Nero. This is the first comprehensive commentary on the whole of Petronius' Satyrica, and anattempt to unify and comprehend, as much as possib...

Gareth Schmeling has held fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Philosophical Society, and has won the Rome Prize in Classics. He has taught at the University of Virginia, the University of Colorado, Johns Hopkins University, and spent most of his career at the University of Florida. He has auth...
Format:HardcoverDimensions:650 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.98 inPublished:November 27, 2011Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199567719

ISBN - 13:9780199567713

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AbbreviationsIntroductionA. Author and Date of the SatyricaB. Testimonia and ManuscriptsC. Reconstruction of the SatyricaD. A Hypothetical Schematic ReconstructionE. Language and Style in the SatyricaF. Genre of the SatyricaG. Poems in the SatyricaH. Epic in the SatyricaI. Bibliographies of the SatyricaJ. Lector IntendeCommentaryBibliographyIndex of Characters in the SatyricaIndex of Other Names in the Satyrica