(THE GREAT CLASSICS LIBRARY)
Satyricon (or Satyrica) is a Latin work of fiction in a mixture of prose and poetry (prosimetrum).Classical scholars often describe it as a "Roman novel", without necessarily implying continuity with the modern literary form.
The manuscripts of the Satyricon ascribe the work to a "Petronius Arbiter", while a number of ancient authors (Macrobius, Sidonius Apollinaris, Marius Victorinus, Diomedes and Jerome) refer to the author as "Arbiter". Probably the name Arbiter is derived from Tacitus' reference to a courtier named Petronius as Nero's arbiter elegantiae or fashion adviser (Annals 16.18.2). That the author is the same as this courtier is disputed. Many modern scholars accept the identification, pointing to a perceived similarity of character between the two and to possible references in the Satyricon to affairs at the Neronian court. Others consider this conclusion "beyond conclusive proof"
- Revenant, October 2012
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