Petronius: A Handbook

Petronius: A Handbook

By: Ian D. Repath (editor), Jonathan R. W. Prag (editor)Hardback

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Petronius' Satyrica must rank as among the most notorious literary works of ancient Rome, and its raunchiness and debauchery surely play a major part in the construction of the popular image of Rome. Here leading scholars from different disciplines show how the text can be mined for insights into Roman culture and the various ways in which it can be interpreted. After an introductory section asking in effect what it is?, literary approaches look at how the satyrica relates to the Greek and Roman literary worlds and the language employed by Petronius. Socio-cultural approaches look at gender, at contemporary Neronian society, and at the depiction of freedmen. Other essays look at the satyrica as a source for economic history, for Roman funerary traditions and for domestic space and decoration. Finally two essays look at reception - its influence on the English novel, and Fellini's film version.

About Author

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

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  • ISBN13: 9781405156875
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 272
  • ID: 9781405156875
  • weight: 548
  • ISBN10: 1405156872

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