Satyricon - Satyricon (Joseph Angel-Field 3/27/08 Squitier...

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Satyricon (Joseph Angel-Field 3/27/08 Squitier clsc350) When a man does not feel the freedom within themselves or within their societal context to speak against evils and weaknesses they witness, satire provides an outlet for passive-aggression. But passion is a better word to describe Petronius’ Satyricon , as he takes a sideways look at a Rome in flux. Only in satire could we find an excessively luxurious individual (from what we are told about Petronius, for a time Nero’s ‘Arbiter of Elegance’), taking swipes at Roman culture for its ugly indulgences, telling it from the eyes of a citizen of low stature no less. The Satyricon draws a picture of the underbelly of Rome, during the turbulent era of the early empire. While Petronius might find himself opposed to the direction of Rome, we know that it was her chaos that gave rise to Jesus and Paul-ean Christianity, in much the same way that the repression of tongue we can sense from this book, gave rise to a tremendous work of satire and social commentary. I mean to say, that had Petronius been preaching on a street corner, his words would have been louder and less eloquent, and he would probably not have seen much popularity or old age. On the other hand, his words are picked delicately and deliberately (something the narrator discusses at length in the section about Puteoli), conjuring a spell on our minds and emotions. Confounded by the many themes and events in this book, I find myself attempting to dig into the ethos and mores of the Rome of the Satyricon. Sex- no word shocks our ears the way that sex does. The idea strikes fear in the
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This note was uploaded on 04/07/2008 for the course CLSC 350 taught by Professor Squitier during the Spring '08 term at CSU Long Beach.

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