A Companion to Petronius

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Oxford University Press, 2001 - Literary Criticism - 238 pages
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'Courtney has made a number of discoveries that future studies will find tremendously useful. His observations on those Satyrica passages where Homer's Odyssey shines through deserve particular mention.' -Journal of Roman StudiesEdward Courtney presents an overall interpretation of Petronius' Satyrica, beginning with basic background information, then surveying each episode in order that leading themes emerge. Finally he gives an overview of Petronius' use of literary allusion and symbolism, and of his treatment of sex. All Latin and Greek has been translated in a way which is sympathetic to the original.
 

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Contents

The Author
5
Preliminaries
12
Book XIV
54
The Feast of Trimalchio
72
Eumolpus replaces Ascyltos
127
The Voyage
152
Croton
178
Overall Aspects
214
Addenda
231
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Gildersleeve Professor of Classics, University of Virginia

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