The Satyricon of Petronius Arbiter – Oscar Wilde (1934)

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The Satyricon of Petronius Arbiter – Oscar Wilde (1934)

S$62.00

Title: The Satyricon of Petronius Arbiter
Author: Petronius, translation ascribed to Oscar Wilde (trans)
Publisher: Book Collectors Association, 1934
Condition: Hardcover, with dust jacket. Near fine. Dust jacket spine sunned and very slightly torn at the edges. Book in excellent condition. Binding tight, text clean.

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About the book (from Wikipedia):

Satyricon (or Satyrica) is a Latin work of fiction in a mixture of prose and poetry (prosimetrum). It is believed to have been written by Gaius Petronius, though the manuscript tradition identifies the author as a certain Titus Petronius. As with the Metamorphoses of Apuleius, classical scholars often describe it as a “Roman novel”, without necessarily implying continuity with the modern literary form.

The surviving portions of the text detail the misadventures of the narrator, Encolpius, and his lover, a handsome sixteen-year-old boy named Giton. Throughout the novel, Encolpius has a hard time keeping his lover faithful to him as he is constantly being enticed away by others. Encolpius’s friend Ascyltus (who seems to have previously been in a relationship with Encolpius) is another major character.

It is one of the two most extensive witnesses to the Roman novel, the only other being fully extant Metamorphoses of Apuleius, which is quite different in style and plot. Satyricon is also extremely important evidence for the reconstruction of what everyday life must have been like for the lower classes during the early Roman Empire.