The Satyricon/seneca, The Apocolocyntosis by J. P. PetroniusThe Satyricon/seneca, The Apocolocyntosis by J. P. Petronius

The Satyricon/seneca, The Apocolocyntosis

byJ. P. Petronius, SenecaTranslated byJ. P. Sullivan

Paperback | December 2, 1986

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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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Titus Petronius Arbiter is reputedly the author of the Satyricon. According to Tacitus, Petronius' chief talent lay in the pursuit of pleasures, in which he displayed such exquisite refinement that he earned the unofficial title of the emperor Nero's 'arbiter of elegance' (arbiter elegantiae). Court rivalry and jealousy contrived to ca...
Title:The Satyricon/seneca, The ApocolocyntosisFormat:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 7.8 × 5.1 × 0.6 inPublished:December 2, 1986Publisher:Penguin Publishing Group

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0140444890

ISBN - 13:9780140444896

Appropriate for ages: 18 - 18


Table of Contents

The Satyricon; The ApocolocyntosisPETRONIUS
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


The Satyricon
Dinner with Trimalshio
The Road to Croton

The Fragments and the Poems
List of Characters
Notes on the Satyricon
Notes on the Fragments and Poems

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

From Our Editors

Petronius evokes the age of Nero with possibly the most bizarre and brilliantly modern surviving work from the ancient world. The Satyricon features courtesans, legacy-hunters, pretentious professors, depraved priestesses and most importantly, Trimalchio, the typical self-made millionaire whose ostentatious rudeness on a hyperbolic scale renders him one of literature’s greatest comic characters. J. P. Sullivan updates his translation for this Penguin Classic edition with insightful literary and historical introductions reflecting recent research along with all of Petronius’ surviving verse.