A Commentary on The Satyrica of Petronius (Hardback)
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A Commentary on The Satyrica of Petronius (Hardback)

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Hardback 736 Pages / Published: 27/10/2011
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The Satyrica is a thrilling piece of literature and rare example of the Roman novel, credited to Titus Petronius. It is as modern today as in the time when it was written under the Roman emperor Nero. This is the first comprehensive commentary on the whole of Petronius' Satyrica, and an attempt to unify and comprehend, as much as possible, the fragmentary text by looking carefully at the bits and pieces which have survived. The Satyrica's unique nature as a historical document from the ancient world has meant that it has been studied vigorously by social historians; it provides rare insights into the lives of ordinary Roman people, such as the narrative about Trimalchio the Roman businessman, as well as documenting the evolution of Latin into the various Romance languages as we know them today. Petronius puts into the mouth of each of his characters a distinctive and socially defining level of Latin, so that the world of the Satyrica is populated not by characters who speak a kind of Latin which made Latin a dead language, but by flesh and blood people who have made Latin live until today. Schmeling's commentary offers readers a comprehensive analysis of this historically important text through philological, linguistic, historical, and narratological discussions, while highlighting past doubts on Petronius' authorship of the Satyrica.

Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780199567713
Number of pages: 736
Weight: 1248 g
Dimensions: 241 x 165 x 45 mm


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This long-awaited commentary, as a result of forty years lasting investigation and love, will be a fundamental point of reference for any classical scholar and student who is going to seriously approach the study of the Satyrica. * Giulio Vannini, Journal of Roman Studies *
[This book] is the fat fruit of an academic lifetime of attention to every detail of Petronius's fragmented masterpiece. * Graham Robb. Times Literary Supplement *
Recommended as a Book of the Year * Graham Robb, Times Literary Supplement *
A monumental achievement. * Brent Shaw, Andrew Fleming West Professor in Classics, Princeton University *
Schmeling ... supplies a commentary of superlative learning and wit. * CHOICE *
an extremely erudite piece of work ... It is profoundly researched and well presented, enjoyable, and definitely worth the long wait. * Regine May, Hermathena *

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