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Loeb Classical Library #015: Satyricon. Apocolocyntosis

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Petronius (C. or T. Petronius Arbiter), who is reasonably identified with the author of this famous satyric and satiric novel, was a man of pleasure and of good literary taste who flourished in the times of Claudius (41–54 CE) and Nero (54–68). As Tacitus describes him, he used to sleep by day, and attend to official duties or to his amusements by night. At one time he was governor of the province of Bithynia in Asia Minor and was also a consul, showing himself a man of vigour when this was required. Later he lapsed into indulgence (or assumed the mask of vice) and became a close friend of Nero. Accused by jealous Tigellinus of disloyalty and condemned, with self-opened veins he conversed lightly with friends, dined, drowsed, sent to Nero a survey of Nero's sexual deeds, and so died, 66 CE.

The surviving parts of Petronius's romance Satyricon mix philosophy and real life, prose and verse, in a tale of the disreputable adventures of Encolpius and two companions, Ascyltus and Giton. In the course of their wanderings they attend a showy and wildly extravagant dinner given by a rich freedman, Trimalchio, whose guests talk about themselves and life in general. Other incidents are a shipwreck and somewhat lurid proceedings in South Italy. The work is written partly in pure Latin, but sometimes purposely in a more vulgar style. It parodies and otherwise attacks bad taste in literature, pedantry and hollow society.

Apocolocyntosis, "Pumpkinification" (instead of deification), is probably by Seneca the wealthy philosopher and courtier (ca. 4 BCE–65 CE). It is a medley of prose and verse and a political satire on the Emperor Claudius written soon after he died in 54 CE and was deified.

Synopsis:

Petronius' Satyricon, probably written between 54 and 68 CE, presents in lurid detail the disreputable adventures of Encolpius, including his attendance at Trimalchio's wildly extravagant dinner party. The Apocolocyntosis (Pumpkinification), a satire on the death and apotheosis of the emperor Claudius, is attributed to Seneca (c. 4 BCE-54 CE).

Table of Contents

Editorial Note

Preface

Petronius

Introduction to Petronius

Satyricon

Fragments

Poems

Seneca

Apocolocyntosis

Index to Petronius

Index to Apocolocyntosis

Product Details

ISBN:
9780674990166
Translator:
Rouse, W. H. D.
Translator:
Warmington, E. H.
Translator:
Rouse, W. H. D.
Author:
Petronius Arbiter
Author:
Petronius
Author:
Seneca
Author:
Heseltine, Michael
Author:
chael
Author:
Rouse, W. H. D.
Author:
Heseltine, Mi
Author:
Heseltine, M.
Author:
Warmington, E. H.
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Location:
Cambridge :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Classics
Subject:
Poetry
Subject:
Ancient - Rome
Subject:
Historical - General
Subject:
Claudius, emperor of rome, b.c.10-a.d.54
Subject:
Ancient, Classical & Medieval
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
LITERARY CRITICISM / Ancient & Classical
Copyright:
Edition Number:
Rev. ed.
Edition Description:
Includes bibliographies and index.
Series:
Loeb Classical Library
Series Volume:
015
Publication Date:
January 1913
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Indexes
Pages:
544
Dimensions:
6 x 4 x 1 in 12 oz

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"Synopsis" by , Petronius' Satyricon, probably written between 54 and 68 CE, presents in lurid detail the disreputable adventures of Encolpius, including his attendance at Trimalchio's wildly extravagant dinner party. The Apocolocyntosis (Pumpkinification), a satire on the death and apotheosis of the emperor Claudius, is attributed to Seneca (c. 4 BCE-54 CE).
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