Winner of the Ladislaus J. Bolchazy Pedagogy publication Award, Classical organization of the center West and South’s (CAMWS).
a comic book masterpiece of classical antiquity, the Satyrica (or Satyricon) of Petronius is a tantalizing paintings of fiction—part poetry, half prose, hilariously vulgar, exquisitely stylish, its unique shape and size as a lot an issue of hypothesis because the id of its writer. Its brilliance and enduring impact are, even though, past dispute. The romantic misadventures, extraordinary feasts, and ribald foibles of Encolpius (“crotch” in Greek) and his cohorts were without end translated, copied, censored, and celebrated during the a while. In The Satyrica of Petronius, Beth Severy-Hoven makes the masterpiece, with its flights of language and imaginative and prescient of Roman tradition round the time of Nero, available to a brand new iteration of scholars of Latin.
Following a desirable creation of the textual content, its heritage, its language, and its constitution, Severy-Hoven bargains professional suggestions for studying sections of the unconventional within the unique Latin. Readers are given the instruments to think about and study the narrative constitution of the paintings, an enormous and uninterrupted first-person account through an unreliable narrator. Severy-Hoven additionally explores the contexts within which the textual content was once written—addressing the social and cultural global the unconventional inhabits and contains. ultimately, she is helping readers to envision Petronius’ use of Latin, focusing so much particularly at the mix of stylish prose and verse and raunchy colloquial speech, a mix that offers colour to Petronius’ characters at the same time he parodies varied literary types and genres.
Intermediate readers of Latin will come upon Roman lifestyles, language, and literature during this paintings in methods without delay new and established, and in varieties as unique as they're instructive.