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The Satyricon and The Apocolocyntosis By Petronius Arbiter Seneca J.P. Sullivan The Satyricon and The Apocolocyntosis 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

  • Title: The Satyricon and The Apocolocyntosis
  • Author: Petronius Arbiter Seneca J.P. Sullivan
  • ISBN: 9780140444896
  • Page: 117
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Satyricon and The Apocolocyntosis By Petronius Arbiter Seneca J.P. Sullivan 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 arcPerhaps 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.For this edition Professor Sullivan has updated his translation his literary historical introductions in the light of the latest research He s included all Petronius surviving verse.Petroneus Introduction The authorship 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 Puteoli Dinner with Trimalchio Eumolpus The road to Croton Croton The fragments and the poems List of characters Notes on the Satyricon Notes on the fragments and poems Seneca Introduction The authorship and date of the Apocolocyntosis The place of the work in Seneca s writ
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    1. MJ Nicholls on said:

      The Satyricon is a fragment of what could have been the first Rabelaisian romp pre Rabelais although the critics say Menippean satire , but in its extant form consists of a terrific dinner party satire that presaged all those fabulous 1990s UK comedy dramas starring Fay Ripley, a gay lover swap scene that presaged all the fabulous work in Will Grace, and some adventures in whoring and sailing that presaged the picaresque The Apocolocyntosis is Seneca s squib against Caesar and is drowned under s [...]

    2. Nathan "N.R." Gaddis on said:

      Of all the lost classical works of antiquity whose loss we have to mourn, for me, Petronius The Satyricon ranks among the top five I mean though, that we do have these few choice fragmentary morsels to relish I d also like to have that rud Aristotelian treatise on comedy Included in this Penguin edition is also The Pumpkinification of the Divine Claudius which is a short little gem Included here because both it and The Satyricon are from The Age of Nero See what I did there

    3. Lydia on said:

      The Satyricon was fucking wild from beginning to end What a ride A stuff all round.The Apocolocyntosis was less so There are a lot of notes for it Like just over 8 pages of notes for a work that s just over 12 pages So that kind of takes away from the overall reading experience Was okay though I m sure it s technically better than okay but a how much did Lydia enjoy the reading experience factor, it was just okay.The Satyricon was great though I loved it oh my god And Sullivan s translation was [...]

    4. Annie on said:

      The Satyricon isn t quite as fucked up or chaotic as the Golden Ass, but still highly entertaining for anyone who likes the classical world Trimalchio is the ultimate obscenely wealthy ass, a sort of proto Donald Trump but with the zaniness of Willy Wonka, who dries his hands on his servants hair, and serves whole sows to eat and when you cut into it birds fly out, and makes his dinner guests pretend he s dead and stages the funeral.

    5. Lee Foust on said:

      Seems like the third of fourth time I ve read through dear old Petronius s Nero s arbiter of taste recovered fragments Not sure what it is exactly about it that keeps me coming back The desire to taste the Roman world in my mind s eye as well as physically when I see the ruins since I live in Italy I m often reminded of the peninsula s Roman past by an architectural fragment or a national monument of some sort Or my desire, perhaps, to be reminded of the earliest European use of prose, satire s [...]

    6. DanielFrontino Elash on said:

      It s hard not to be disappointed with novels, when the first one out the gate was such a triumph of seething faggotry No one told you about this book because it is so awesome and will make you wish you were gay er If you live an entire life without having read this book, you have wasted it Read a current translation, this is the kind of stuff they used to censor really very hard Though if you enjoy ridiculous paraphrasing, you may find some residual pleasures in that.If it simply must be heteros [...]

    7. Marissa on said:

      Actually, Satyricon is bizarrely awesome I saw the movie first Okay, so that s a Fellini joke, but seriously, Satyricon was the first Fellini movie I ever saw, which is a pretty hilarious fact But back to the book crazy, surprising, and oddly easy to read, it was possibly the most fun I had doing reading for Ancient Roman Civ.Ye gods and godesses O what a night How soft the bed We clung so warm and tight,Our lips exchanged our souls in mingled breath.Farewell, all worldly cares O welcome, death

    8. Dmk on said:

      This reminds me of books I read that dealt with some not so distant dystopic futures Especialy in works of Orson S Card Society when law fails to be enforced, moral decline is everpresent, hero is in fact criminal but somehow reader does not feel the need to blame him And for some reason or another reason it s served with homoerotic elements that make it even entartaining thing to read Which is interesting given the fact that this is so old book cricising its contemporaneity This makes it for m [...]

    9. Andrew on said:

      I have to admit this was a hard disengaged read, which surprised me somewhat as I had found the selections from The Satyricon most ubiquitous when working on my Master s thesis 24 years ago.The fragmentary nature of the reconstructed and translated text of Petronius s work does not help one s comprehension of it To compound this challenge one must continually refer to notes to have explanations given on historical, literary or textual issues Aside from the major set piece of the Cena Trimalchion [...]

    10. Jesse on said:

      Contrary to what one might think at first, the Satyricon is not really a satire of anything rather, it seems to be simply a series of goofy, comic scenes meant to either mildly amuse, or, at best, to raise the eyebrow of the reader Much of the plot is an incoherent mess, but we may be fairly certain that it is something not unlike Bill and Ted s Excellent Adventure I have never seen this movie so I might be wrong Petronius noticeably does not write any moral into his buffoonery it is simply a pr [...]

    11. Petruccio Hambasket IV on said:

      The addictions, the low pleasures, the mental spark guttering out with the wine Jesus Christ, where to start with this one Due to the missing fragments embedded throughout the work reading the Satyricon often feels like you re lapsing in and out of a debauched cycle of Roman nightmares The tale feels incredibly modern and often reminds me quite a bit of Apuleius way of setting the stage, I reckon mostly because both are first person Latin novels possibly frame narrative The dinner scene with Tri [...]

    12. Meen on said:

      5 27 10 Wow Just wow.We definitely didn t read this in high school Actually, I don t remember reading anything classical in high school, but then again I went to school in Mississippi Aside from just being a surprisingly fun read, I was really struck by how little we humans us Western ones, anyway have changed in these past 2000 years Much of the conversation around Trimalchio s dinner tables about politics and education probably went on in millions of modern homes tonight Unfortunately, we mode [...]

    13. Heather on said:

      The Satyricon has some shards of literary value, perhaps most notably the Tramalchio s dinner, but it seems little surprise to me that this text has suffered many lulls in popularity Most difficult to surmount is the highly fragmentary nature, but only slightly less of an obstacle is the frequent and explicit sexual content Some of it is off putting but understandable dirty joke humor, some of it just seems excessive titillation In many ways, the Satyricon with its first person, low class narrat [...]

    14. David Brimer on said:

      What an interesting fragment this is Of all the great incomplete works of literature left to us from ancient times, none is entertaining and bizarre Petronius Satyricon is by far the most homoerotic novel I ve ever read What is left of it basically four chapters, most of which are collections of fragments that tend to jump around revolves around the travels of a wanna be poet and his boy lover Most will say the most entertaining chapter is the most complete, the dinner with Tremalchio I say, ev [...]

    15. Nate on said:

      the satyricon is an incredibly filthy and mostly lost roman satire, estimates are that around 10% survives as such, its a very fragmented and dense read, as its heavily footnoted unfortunately for penguin, they arrange the footnotes in the most annoying way possible, having them at the end of the work so one has to keep flipping back between pages five really four brief episodes survive and not surprisingly the most complete one is the best of the lot graphic descriptions of sex mostly anal, nat [...]

    16. Edward Butler on said:

      What is of value in the Satyricon is the dinner party, which is exquisite the bits and pieces of the rest of the novel which survive are pretty uninteresting, hard to follow due to their lacunose condition Nevertheless, enough is there for one to suspect that time has done Petronius a service in preserving from his Satyricon only what was timeless The poems of Petronius also included here hold no special interest as far as I could tell As for the Apocolocyntosis, it s just a bit of Senecan schad [...]

    17. Andrew on said:

      It s difficult to judge the overall merit of such a fragmented work and giving stars to things is ridiculous anyways but I wasn t bowled over by Petronius It is certainly an interesting window onto Roman life, vulgar speech, etc But as a work of art I think Fellini exceeds his original.Incidentally, if anyone else was wondering about the veracity of some of the translations, especially the poetry, there is a free online version of the original latin text here thelatinlibrary petron

    18. Jacob on said:

      I came into this expecting sheer terror, knowing nothing about it but the epigram from The Waste Land about the Cumean Sibyl What do you want I want to die , but it s just as my friend Tim described the book, two frat boys fussing over an underaged sex toy and stuffing themselves with food Good stuff

    19. Sarah on said:

      F Scott Fitzgerald was going to name The Great Gatsby after a character in this book, a slave turned freedman named Trimalchio who throws an absurdly lavish dinner party Reading the satire gives some insight into the enigma that is Jay Gatsby On its own, the chapter stands out amongst the fragments, as a relatively whole piece.

    20. Patrick\ on said:

      The Satyricon a bit on the ribald side of Roman culture or am I understating it Some of the poetry is quite good Seneca the Duplicitous shows he has wit and humor here, though crude Petronius gets 4 stars, Seneca 2 Since the Seneca is short and almost an afterthought here, I will keep a 4 star rating.

    21. Noam on said:

      yeah it s fractured but who cares, it has the dinner scene and the boat scene and the impotence scene, all three of which are easily a match for pretty much anything in literature in the future there will be time travel and there will be a full version of this and maybe it ll talk about dicks , i certainly hope so

    22. Andrew on said:

      Despite the fact that this story exists only in pieces, it is a well worth a read The translation is easy to read and avoids the dryness of many primary sources The racy subject matter is refreshing and unique, leading the reader to wonder what chapters were lost to the ravages of time The Satyricon is a worthwhile read not only for historians, but anyone tired of dry, boring history.

    23. Jonathan Turner on said:

      Though its fragmentary nature dries up some of the excitement of the plot, this is a hilarious and surprising screwball comedy that feels like our own contemporary despite being two thousand years old.

    24. Patrick on said:

      These are just fragments, but they are often hilarious, and the characters come across as real people, even if the situations are comically exaggerated I know of no other classical work that conveys the daily existence of people as well as this one.

    25. sologdin on said:

      often cited as a good example of menippean satire, the Petronius mostly by default, though, as these two items are among the very few surviving examples from antiquity second text on the pumpkinification of Claudius is also kickass.

    26. Desmond White on said:

      Reads like it was written hundreds of years ago I think writers need to stop trying to be so pretentious and make sure their writing is fresh, modern.

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