A Companion to Petronius

Paperback | December 15, 2001

byEdward Courtney

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This is the first modern commentary on the Satyricon as a whole. Starting with some basic background information, Professor Courtney surveys Petronius' novel sequentially, drawing out the leading themes and motifs of each episode. Thus links and patterns build up. A final chapter looks at thegeneral characteristics of the work, highlighting the abundant use of literary allusion and symbolism, and the treatment of sex.Throughout the book Petronius' work is related to the Greek novel as reconstruction from the later extant specimens suggests that it existed in his own day. Latin and Greek quotations have been translated so that students of classical civilization and of comparative literature can benefit from thisbook as well as those of Latin literature and classics.

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This is the first modern commentary on the Satyricon as a whole. Starting with some basic background information, Professor Courtney surveys Petronius' novel sequentially, drawing out the leading themes and motifs of each episode. Thus links and patterns build up. A final chapter looks at thegeneral characteristics of the work, highlig...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:250 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.55 inPublished:December 15, 2001Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199245940

ISBN - 13:9780199245949

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"Courtney has made a number of discoveries that future studies will find tremendously useful. His observations on those Satyrica passages where Homer's Odyssey shines through deserve particular mention."--Journal of Roman Studies