The Satyricon

Paperback | January 31, 2012

byHelen PetroniusTranslated byJ. P. SullivanIntroduction byHelen Morales

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The marvelously entertaining parody of imperial Rome

One of the most outrageous and strikingly modern works to have survived from the ancient world, The Satyricon offers an unmatched satirical portrait of the age of Nero, in all its excesses and chaos. It recounts the adventures of Encolpius and his companions as they travel around Italy, encountering courtesans, priestesses, con men, brothel-keepers, pompous professors, and, above all, Trimalchio, the nouveau riche millionaire whose debauched feasting and pretentious vulgarity make him one of the great comic characters in literature.

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The marvelously entertaining parody of imperial RomeOne of the most outrageous and strikingly modern works to have survived from the ancient world, The Satyricon offers an unmatched satirical portrait of the age of Nero, in all its excesses and chaos. It recounts the adventures of Encolpius and his companions as they travel around Ital...

Titus Petronius Arbiter, the purported author of The Satyricon, was an advisor to the Roman emperor Nero. The victim of court intrigue, he commited suicide in AD 66. J.P. Sullivan (d. 1993) was a professor of classics at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Helen Morales is an associate professor of classics at the Universi...
Format:PaperbackDimensions:240 pages, 7.73 × 5.09 × 0.56 inPublished:January 31, 2012Publisher:Penguin Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0140448055

ISBN - 13:9780140448054

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great read I personally am into reading old Greek literature, so this was the perfect fit! It's an easy read and really entertaining.
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"This version by a translator who understands the high art of low humor is conspicuously funny." —Time"William Arrowsmith's translation of The Satyricon meets the two fundamental requirements of the translator's art: perfect fidelity to the original and a vitality of style that tempts the reader to believe that the English version is not a translation. A classic of literature." —Allen Tate"Arrowsmith's brilliant translation at one stroke renders every other version obsolete." —London Times Literary Supplement