A Companion to Petronius
By (author) Edward Courtney
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Companion to Petronius by Edward Courtney
Book DescriptionThis is the first modern commentary on the Satyricon as a whole. Starting with some basic background information, Professor Courtney surveys Petronius' novel sequentially, drawing out the leading themes and motifs of each episode. Thus links and patterns build up. A final chapter looks at the general characteristics of the work, highlighting the abundant use of literary allusion and symbolism, and the treatment of sex. Throughout the book Petronius' work is related to the Greek novel as reconstruction from the later extant specimens suggests that it existed in his own day. Latin and Greek quotations have been translated so that students of classical civilization and of comparative literature can benefit from this book as well as those of Latin literature and classics.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780199245949
(217mm x 139mm x 14mm)
Imprint: Oxford University Press
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publish Date: 6-Dec-2001
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
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Edward Courtney presents an overall interpretation of Petronius' Satyrica, beginning with basic background information, then surveying each episode in order that leading themes emerge. Finally he gives an overview of Petronius' use of literary allusion and symbolism, and of his treatment of sex.
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Author Biography - Edward Courtney
Gildersleeve Professor of Classics, University of Virginia
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