By Heinz Hofmann
Latin Fiction presents a chronological learn of the Roman novel from the Classical interval to the center a long time, exploring the improvement of the unconventional and the continuity of Latin tradition. Essays via eminent and overseas participants talk about texts together with: * Petronius, Satyrica and Cena Trimalchionis* Apuleius, Metamorphose(The Golden Ass) and the story of Cupid and Psyche* The background of Apollonius of Tyre* The Trojan stories of Dares Phrygius and Dictys Cretensis* The Latin Alexander* Hagiographic fiction* Medieval interpretations of Cupid and Pysche, Apollonius of Tyre and the Alexander Romance. For any scholar or pupil of Latin fiction, or literary background, this can certainly be a publication so as to add for your studying record.
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93–95, Petr. 3 In the Satyrica the rhetorician Agamemnon fills the role of Maecenas, the cultivated guest at Nasidienus’s table; Encolpius and his companion Ascyltus play Vibidius and Servilius Balatro, the uninvited ‘shadows’ (umbrae) a significant term: see below section IV of Maecenas (Hor. ); and Trimalchio’s fellow freedman Hermeros plays Nomentanus, the toady in Horace’s satire. These correspondences show that Petronius wrote a familiar satiric type into a recognizable literary setting; but whereas Horace’s Nasidienus remains a onedimensional figure marked by unmistakable but ill-defined social pretensions, Petronius endows Trimalchio with a specific juridical status, that of an ex-slave, and fleshes him out with a set of attitudes and social ambitions peculiarly appropriate to his station (see below section II; cf.
Meanwhile Encolpius has an aborted (three times) love affair with Circe, because he suffers from impotency, a curse sent by Petronius and the satyrica 23 Priapus. The novel breaks off as Eumolpus convinces the inheritance seekers to give him even more credit by including them immediately in his will on the condition that they eat his dead body. The extant Satyricon as a whole is less well known than one part, the Cena, which because it is not a fragment and Trimalchio and his friends make great characters, renders the part greater than the whole—in many people’s minds.
The extant Satyricon as a whole is less well known than one part, the Cena, which because it is not a fragment and Trimalchio and his friends make great characters, renders the part greater than the whole—in many people’s minds. In literary studies the Cena often overwhelms the rest of the Satyrica. As one-third of the extant work, the Cena has the great advantage of being a self-contained whole—and is consequently often published separately. The Quartilla episode (16–26) has possibilities of being completely outrageous and remains the best delineated orgy and religious ceremony passed down from the classical world.