Petronius the Artist: Essays on the Satyricon and its Author by H.D. Rankin

By H.D. Rankin

With one exception, the essays which shape this booklet have seemed in quite a few Classical periodicals. they don't declare to give a com prehensive account of Petronius and his paintings, yet are meant to demonstrate by means of dialogue a few features of the paintings and its writer that appear, to me at the very least, to be of curiosity. "Did Tacitus quote Petronius" seemed in L' A ntiquiM Classique XXXVII, 2, 1968, 641-643; "On Tacitus' Biography of Petronius" and "Petronius, Priapus and Priapeum LXVIII" in Classica et Mediae valia XXVI 1-2, 1965, 233-245, and XXVII 1-2, 1966, 225-242 respectively; "Some reviews on Petronius' Portrayal of personality" will seem quickly in Eranos; "Eating humans is true" seemed in Hermes ninety seven Bd., three, 1969,381-384; "Some subject matters of Concealment and Pretence in Petronius' Satyricon" in Latomus Tome XXVIII, I, 1969, 99-119; and" Petronius, A Portrait of the Artist" in Symbolae Osloenses XLV, 1970, U8-I28. I desire to thank the editors of those periodicals for his or her permission to breed the articles. Professor J. P. Sullivan was once style adequate to permit me see the proofs of his booklet: The Satyricon of Petronius, A Literary research (London, 1968) ahead of it used to be released. I recognize this with thank you. I desire to recognize permission from The Bodley Head to cite from F. Scott Fitzgerald's gentle is the evening, Bodley Head Scott Fitzgerald, VoL II p. 9I. I desire to thank Mrs. A. Brodie for typing the fabric, and Mrs. L. Andrew for her aid with the proofs.

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L. 86 76, 9-10 postquam coepi plus habere quam tota patria mea habet, manum de tabula: sustuli me de negotiatione et coepi (per) libertos taenerare. 82 20: J. W. Duff, Roman Satire, Cambridge 26 PETRONIUS' PORTRAYAL OF CHARACTER tracted people from all parts of the empire, there was a notable increase in people of freedman stock who were in high places in the community, though (unlike Trimalchio) their families only became established as a local ruling class after three generations. 87 On the other hand we know that principes ruled through freedmen, 88 who held high offices on the principial staff.

5 Hence the powerful moral tone, for example, of some Ciceronian speeches against the private vices of individuals in public life;6 hence the moralising of Sallust who himself was far from being a model of virtuous conduct. 7 In fact the wholesale use of moral opprobrium in public life for the purpose of discrediting individuals tended to weaken the effectiveness of such opprobrium itself, and developed that attiparodies lies as much in the very precise imitation of legalistic forms as in the other comic circumstances.

C. Ad Att. IX. 6. 3; 9, 2. and in 45 B. , it may be this Clodia's gardens that he intends to buy (Att. XII, 38a, 2). For the discussion of this kind of attitude, Syme, Roman Revolution, passim. 9 Suet. Divus I ulius 74: interrogatusque, cur igitur repudiasset uxorem, quoniam, inquit meos tam suspicione quam crimine iudicio carere oportere; also Plutarch, Caesar 10. These were the grounds put forward by Julius Caesar when he divorced his wife Pompeia after the Bona Dea scandal of 62 B. C. though for political reasons he did not press the charges against Clodius who had violated the ceremonies to meet her.

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