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|Genre/Form:||Translations into English
|Named Person:||Petronius <Arbiter>|
|All Authors / Contributors:||
Petronius Arbiter.; Robert Bracht Branham; Daniel Kinney
|ISBN:||0520205995 9780520205994 0520211189 9780520211186|
|Description:||xxxvi, 184 p. ; 24 cm.|
|Responsibility:||Petronius ; edited and translated by R. Bracht Branham and Daniel Kinney.|
Whether read as the first European novel, a parody of classical romance, a sophisticated example of pagan pornography or a gay classic, Petronius' picaresque account of the Priapic adventures of Encolpius and his beautiful lover, Giton, takes us deep into the underworld of the Roman empire. Told in the first-person by Encolpius, the Satyrica offers a brilliant comic exploration of an ancient empire in decline and of the energies released by its decay. Since it was first translated into English by William Burnaby in 1694, the Satyrica has never ceased to delight and scandalize.
This new translation attempts to capture the comic vigor and literary cunning of the original in the idioms of contemporary American English.