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  • Page extent: 184 pages
  • Size: 228 x 152 mm
  • Weight: 0.44 kg

Library of Congress

  • Dewey number: 873/.01
  • Dewey version: 21
  • LC Classification: PA6559 .C63 1998
  • LC Subject headings:
    • Petronius Arbiter.--Satyricon
    • Petronius Arbiter--Poetic works
    • Verse satire, Latin--History and criticism
    • Influence (Literary, artistic, etc.)
    • Rome--In literature

Library of Congress Record


 (ISBN-13: 9780521592314 | ISBN-10: 0521592313)

The ancient novel, previously relegated to the margins of literary study, has recently taken its place at centre stage. Petronius' Satyricon, the oldest surviving work of prose fiction, is in many respects an arrestingly modern ancient novel but the inclusion within it of thirty short poems and two long ones introduces an alien feature in need of investigation. In this study, Catherine Connors draws on developments in Latin literary criticism to take a comprehensive approach to the Satyricon's poems, reminiscences of poetic texts, and the figure of the poet, assessing the ways in which they fragment and refashion established literary forms into a new amalgam of prose fiction. This book will be of interest to students of Latin literature, Neronian culture, and the early history of the novel. All Latin and Greek is translated.

• A study of the poems in the Satyricon which examines them in depth and in their fictional and literary historical contexts • Petronius' Satyricon is well known by name (cf. Fellini's Satyricon) but the work itself is not well understood • The ancient novel is becoming a fashionable object of study


Prefatory note; Acknowledgements; List of abbreviations; Introduction: verse and genre in Petronian criticism; 1. Refashioning the epic past; 2. In the frame: context and continuity in the short poems; 3. Troy retaken: repetition and re-enactment in the Troiae Halosis; 4. The Bellum Civile; Epilogue; Bibliography; Index of passages discussed; Index of subjects.

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