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
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.
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