The Satyricon

Petronius - Author

J. P. Sullivan - Translator

Helen Morales - Introduction by

Helen Morales - Notes by

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ISBN 9780140448054 | 240 pages | 31 Jan 2012 | Penguin Classics | 5.07 x 7.79in | 18 - AND UP
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The marvelously entertaining parody of imperial Rome.

One of the most outrageous and strikingly modern works to have survived from the ancient world, The Satyricon offers an unmatched satirical portrait of the age of Nero, in all its excesses and chaos. It recounts the adventures of Encolpius and his companions as they travel around Italy, encountering courtesans, priestesses, con men, brothel-keepers, pompous professors, and, above all, Trimalchio, the nouveau riche millionaire whose debauched feasting and pretentious vulgarity make him one of the great comic characters in literature.