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Petronius, The Satyricon, Seneca, The Apocolocyntosis
Petronius The Satyricon Seneca The Apocolocyntosis Author:Titus Petronius Arbiter The racy adventures of the impotent Encolpius and his friends and lovers (of both sexes) provide the difinitive portrait of the age of Nero. — The Satyricon Is that perhaps the strangest - and most strikingly modern - work to survive from the ancient world. In it Petronius brings to life for us the courtesans and legacy hunters, the pompous prof... more »essors and dissolute priestesses - and, above all, Trimalchio, the archetypal self-mad millionaire whose pretentious vulgarity on an insanely grand scale makes him one of the great comic characters in literature. Included also in the volume is The Apocolocyntosis, a malicious little skit on 'the deification of Claudius the God', designed by Seneca to ingratiate himself with Claudius' successor, Nero.
For this edition Professor Sullivan has updated his translation and his invaluable literary and historical introduction in the light of the latest research; he has also included all Petronius' surviving verse.« less