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Petronius: A Handbook

ISBN: 978-1-4051-5687-5
272 pages
February 2009, Wiley-Blackwell
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Petronius: A Handbook unravels the mysteries of the Satyrica, one of the greatest literary works that antiquity has bequeathed to the modern world.

  • Includes a dozen original essays by a team of leading Petronius and Roman history scholars
  • Features the first multi-dimensional approach to Satyricon studies by exploring the novel's literary structure, social and historic contexts, and modern reception
  • Supplemented by illustrations, plot outline, glossary, map, bibliography, and suggestions for further reading
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List of Illustrations ix

List of Contributors x

Preface and Acknowledgments xiii

Abbreviations xiv

Introduction
Jonathan Prag and Ian Repath 1

Map 15

1 Reading the Satyrica
Niall W. Slater 16

2 Petronius and Greek Literature
J. R. Morgan 32

3 Petronius and the Roman Literary Tradition
Costas Panayotakis 48

4 Letting the Page Run On
Poetics, Rhetoric, and Noise in the Satyrica
Victoria Rimell 65

5 Sex in the Satyrica
Outlaws in Literatureland
Amy Richlin 82

6 The Satyrica and Neronian Culture
Caroline Vout 101

7 Freedmen in the Satyrica
Jean Andreau 114

8 A Funny Thing Happened on My Way to the Market
Reading Petronius to Write Economic History
Koenraad Verboven 125

9 At Home with the Dead
Roman Funeral Traditions and Trimalchio's Tomb
Valerie M. Hope 140

10 Freedmen's Cribs
Domestic Vulgarity on the Bay of Naples
Shelley Hales 161

11 Petronius's Satyrica and the Novel in English
Stephen Harrison 181

12 Fellini-Satyricon
Petronius and Film
Joanna Paul 198

Bibliography 218

Index locorum 234

General Index 244

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Jonathan Prag is a University Lecturer in Ancient History at the University of Oxford, and a Tutorial Fellow of Merton College. His main areas of research are Hellenistic and Republican Sicily, and the Roman Republic. He has edited a volume (Sicilia nutrix plebis Romanae) on Cicero's Verrines, and is currently co-editing a volume on The Hellenistic West and writing a book on the non-Italian soldiers of the Roman Republican army.

Ian Repath is Lecturer in Classics at Swansea University. His principal research interests are Greek and Latin prose fiction, and literary aspects of Plato. He is the author of the forthcoming article, Plato in Petronius: Petronius in platanona, and co-editor (with John Morgan) of Where the Truth Lies: Fiction and Metafiction in Ancient Narrative. He is a founding member of KYKNOS, the Swansea, Lampeter, and Exeter Centre for Research in Ancient Narrative Literatures.

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  • Includes a dozen original essays by a team of leading Petronius and Roman history scholars
  • Features the first multi-dimensional approach to Satyricon studies by exploring the novel's literary structure, social and historic contexts, and modern reception
  • Supplemented by illustrations, plot outline, glossary, map, bibliography, and suggestions for further reading
See More
"Each chapter includes useful discussion of further readings." (CHOICE, September 2009)

 

"The editors have astutely chosen knowledgeable contributors capable of presenting complex material in an engaging manner to students and the educated public."
Gerald Sandy, Professor Emeritus of Classics, University of British Columbia

"This new handbook skillfully guides the reader through the literary and the real into the afterlife of Petronius's multifaceted masterpiece. The result is an unprecedented success in synthetic interpretation."
John Bodel, Brown University

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