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Satyrica (Paperback)
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Satyrica (Paperback)

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Paperback 160 Pages / Published: 29/01/2009
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Petronius lived during the reign of the notorious emperor Nero, a writer in a decadent empire, and in Frederic Raphael he finds a translator who brings his words vividly alive. Petronius' Rome is not the noble civilisation of classical ideals; his Romans are lascivious, amoral and stylish, inhabiting a louche world of ostentatious, nouveau riche extravagance and flirtation with the seductive menace of the Roman underclass. In Raphael's hands, the "Satyrica" becomes a modern novel, Petronius a contemporary. Freed of the weight of classical decorum, the "Satyrica" is racily subversive, scandalously entertaining. This work, writes Raphael, has always been excluded from the curriculum: it offers no improving pieties. Petronius' - and Raphael's - ancient Rome is recognisably the city of Pasolini and Fellini as much as of Virgil.

Publisher: Carcanet Press Ltd
ISBN: 9781857547832
Number of pages: 160
Weight: 200 g
Dimensions: 216 x 135 x 13 mm
Edition: Revised ed.

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