Free and Discounted Ebooks
Join 130,000 readers! Get our ebook deals straight to your inbox.

Satyricon, vol 1, Introduction

Cover image for

Download


Author: Petronius
Language: English
Wordcount: 16,162 / 52 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 32.4
LoC Category: PN
Downloads: 638
mnybks.net#: 5645
Genre: Satire
Excerpt

xceptions; the interview between Ulysses and Nausiskaa is probably the most striking. From the standpoint of environment, Petronius, in the greater portion of his work, is an ancient; but one exception there is, and it is as brilliant as it is important. The entire episode, in which Trimalchio figures, offers an incredible abundance of details. The descriptions are exhaustive and minute, but the author's prime purpose was not description, it was to bring out the characters, it was to pillory the Roman aristocracy, it was to amuse! Cicero, in his prosecution of Verres, had shown up this aristocracy in all its brutality and greed, it remained for the author of the Cena to hold its absurdity up to the light of day, to lash an extravagance which, though utterly unbridled, was yet unable to exhaust the looted accumulations of years of political double dealing and malfeasance in office. Trimalchio's introduction is a masterstroke, the porter at the door is another, the effect of the wine upon the women, their j

SUBSCRIBE TO MANYBOOKS 

FREE EBOOKS 

Join 120,000+ fellow readers! Get Free eBooks and book bargains from ManyBooks in your inbox. 

We respect your email privacy

(advanced)
login | register

User ID

Password

reset password

Author of the Day

Libby Fischer Hellmann
Libby Fischer Hellmann is a versatile award winning author, who, although she sticks to crime fiction with a lot of mystery and suspense, enjoys ex
Read full interview...