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Petronius’ Satyricon On morals, manners, and the lower classes in Roman society
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Today’s Lecture Introduction to Petronius’ Satyricon How did the Romans live during Nero’s reign? Please read the section labeled Trimalchio by 4/5/05
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Satire = ridicule of society’s morals or customs The title “Satyricon” has been adopted by many others, including this Norwegian heavy metal band. It is also the title of Petronius’ novel
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Origins of the word satire Satura = medley Satyr = smelly, hairy goat Mennipean Satire = humorous discussion of philosophy in alternating prose and verse Proverbs, short verses, stories, varying diction Petronius is not being moralistic and you are not meant to see a call for reform in his words
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Who was Gaius Petronius? ~27-66 A.D. Arbiter elegantae = the judge of elegance Advised the emperor Nero Slept all day, partied all night Forced to commit suicide Before he died, he made fun of Nero in his will and sent him a copy of it
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What was life like in the time of Nero? Nero’s reign was known for his
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Petronius - Petronius Satyricon On morals, manners, and the...

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