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Satyricon. Apocolocyntosis

Petronius Seneca Gareth Schmeling

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Harvard Uni.Press Academi
01 December 2020
The Satyrica (Satyricon liber), a comic-picaresque fiction in prose and verse traditionally attributed to the Neronian Petronius (d. AD 66) but possibly of Flavian or Trajanic date, survives only as fragments of a much larger whole. It takes the form of a first-person narrative by the endearing ne'er-do-well Encolpius, a brilliant storyteller, parodist, and mimic who recalls episodes from his past life as a wandering bohemian, living by his wits on the margins of society in Greek southern Italy and encountering a vividly realized array of characters from the early imperial demimonde, including the wealthy freedman Trimalchio, one of the most unforgettable characters in all of Latin literature.

Paired with the Satyrica, and likewise in prose and verse, is the Apocolocyntosis (Pumpkinification), a short satirical pamphlet lampooning the death, apotheosis, and attempt to enter heaven of the emperor Claudius (reigned 41?54). If the work of Lucius Annaeus Seneca (4 BC?

AD 65), better known for his austere Stoic moralism, its sarcastic wit and rollicking humor were no doubt inspired by bitterness over his exile at Claudius' hands in 41?49.

For this Loeb edition the Latin texts have been freshly edited and translated, with ample introductions and explanatory notes.
By:   Petronius, Seneca
Edited and translated by:   Gareth Schmeling
Imprint:   Harvard Uni.Press Academi
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 162mm,  Width: 108mm, 
ISBN:   9780674997370
ISBN 10:   0674997379
Series:   Loeb Classical Library
Pages:   400
Publication Date:   01 December 2020
Audience:   Professional and scholarly ,  Undergraduate
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Gareth Schmeling is Professor Emeritus of Classics at the University of Florida.

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