The Satyricon

The Satyricon

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ISBN10: 0452010055 ISBN13: 9780452010055 Publisher: Penguin USA (P) Published: Feb 1 1990 Weight: 0.40lbs. Height: 8.00" Width: 5.50" Depth: 0.50" Language: English

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"This version by a translator who understands the high art of low humor is conspicuously funny."--Time

The Satyricon is a classic of comedy, a superbly funny picture of Nero's Rome as seen through the eyes of Petronius, its most amorous and elegant courtier.

William Arrowsmith's translation--a lively, modern, unexpurgated text--recaptures all the ribald humor of Petronius's picaresque satire. It tells the hilarious story of the pleasure-seeking adventures of an educated rogue, Encolpius, his handsome serving boy, Giton, and Ascyltus, who lusts after Giton--three impure pilgrims who live by their wits and other men's purses. The Satyricon unfailingly turns every weakness of the flesh, every foible of the mind, to laughter.

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