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Petronius (au); Paul Dinnage (tr); Castas Panayotakis (in)
The Satyricon of Petronius, Nero’s ‘Tutor in Refinement’, recounts the sexual adventures of the comic rogue Encolpius (Mr. Groin) & his companions -- the pretty boy Giton (Neighbor), the formidable Ascyltus (Mr. Indefatigable) & the mediocre poet Eumolpus (Mr. Sweet-singer) -- as they travel round Italy in search of a free meal. Petronius pokes fun at the social, religious & aesthetic customs of his time. The lively debates on the decline of education & the arts, the obscene encounters with libidinous priestesses & impotent witches, & the satirical portrayal of wealthy freedmen, while the absence of a beginning & end to the story adds to its controversial & enigmatic nature. Essential reading for students of Roman civilization & English prose fiction.
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