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The Satyricon and The Apocolocyntosis of the Divine Claudius (Penguin Classics)
by Petronius ; Seneca
Binding: Paperback, Revised 5th edition, 256 pages
Publisher: Penguin Books
Weight: 0.35 pound
Dimension: H: 0.75 x L: 5.08 x W: 0.47 inches
ISBN 10: 0140444890
ISBN 13: 9780140444896
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Perhaps the strangest and most strikingly modern work to survive from the ancient world, The Satyricon relates the hilarious mock epic adventures of the impotent Encolpius, and his struggle to regain virility. Here Petronius brilliantly brings to life the courtesans, legacy hunters, pompous professors and dissolute priestesses of the age and, above all, Trimalchio, the archetypal self made millionaire whose pretentious vulgarity on an insanely grand scale makes him one of the great comic characters in literature. Seneca's The Apocolocyntosis, a malicious skit on the deification of Claudius the Clod', was designed by the author to ingratiate himself with Nero, who was Claudius' successor. Together, the two provide a powerful insight into a darkly fascinating period of Roman history.


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