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The Satyricon /
Petronius ; translated with an introduction and notes by P.G. Walsh.
Oxford : Oxford University Press, 1999.
liii, 212 p. ; 20 cm.
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Oxford : Oxford University Press, 1999.
general note
Reprint of the 1997 ed.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. [xlvi]-liii, [156]-203) and index.
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"A clever, yet scrupulous guide to the meaning of Petronius's Latin....When in paperback, an excellent teaching tool."--Religious Studies Review
'Classical literature can be entertaining, and this new edition is admirably served by a translation which brings the ancient Romans into the late 20th century.'The Daily Telegraph
P. G. Walsh's translation appears more learned, as one might expect from a scholar who has spent a long career studying ancient fiction. Its preface is masterful.
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Long Description
The Satyricon is the most celebrated prose work to have survived from the ancient world. It can be described as the first realistic novel, the father of the picaresque genre. It recounts the sleazy progress of a pair of literate scholars as they wander through the cities of the southern Mediterranean in the age of Nero, encountering en route type-figures whom the author wishes to satirize. P.G. Walsh captures the spirit of the original in this new and lively translation. His introduction and detailed notes provide the reader with a comprehensive guide to the meanings and intentions of the story and the later history of its literary influence.
Main Description
As for the ladies if any too-discerning antiquated hypocrite (for only such I fear) shou'd be angry with the beastly author; let the work be my advocate where the little liberties I take as modestly betray a broad meaning as blushing when a man tells the story.
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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.
Table of Contents
The Satyriconp. i
Preface and Acknowledgmentsp. vii
Introductionp. xiii
Select Bibliographyp. xlvi
At the School of Rhetoricp. 1
Dubious Encounters in the Townp. 5
Jealousy at the Lodgingp. 7
An Episode in the Marketp. 9
Enter Quartilla, the Priapic Priestessp. 12
Dinner at Trimalchio'sp. 20
Giton Spurns Encolpius for Ascyltusp. 67
Eumolpus in the Art Galleryp. 71
Reconciliation with Giton; Eumolpus as Rivalp. 79
The Episode on Ship. Enter Lichas and Tryphaenap. 88
The Journey to Crotonp. 110
The Encounter with Circep. 124
Eumolpus and the Legacy-Huntersp. 145
Index and Glossary of Namesp. 205
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