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The Hidden Author: An Interpretation of Petroniuss Satyricon (Sather Classical Lectures)
The Hidden Author: An Interpretation of Petroniuss Satyricon (Sather Classical Lectures) Gian Biagio Conte 0520207157 9780520207158 The Satyricon of Petronius, a comic novel written in the first century A.D., is famous today prima
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The Hidden Author: An Interpretation of Petroniuss Satyricon (Sather Classical Lectures) by Gian Biagio Conte

The Satyricon of Petronius, a comic novel written in the first century A.D., is famous today primarily for its amazing banquet tale, Trimalchios Feast. But this episode is only one part of the larger picture of life during Neros rule presented in the work. In this accessible discussion of Petroniuss masterful use of parody, Gian Biagio Conte offers an interpretation of the Satyricon as a whole. He combines the scholarly precision of close reading with a significant, original theoretical model. At the heart of his interpretation, Conte reveals the technique of the hidden author that Petronius employs at the expense of his characters, in particular the teller of the story, Enclopius. By remaining hidden outside the narrative, Petronius invites the reader to smile at thefolies de grandeurthat occur in a culture of scholars and declaimers. Yet as Conte shows, behind the parody and inexhaustible humor of the Satyricon lies an unexpectedly serious lament. For those familiar with the Satyricon, as well as for new readers, Contes book will be a reliable, enjoyable guide to the wonders theSatyriconcontains.

Author: Gian Biagio Conte

Language: English

Binding: Hardcover

Pages: 224

Publisher: University of California Press

Publication Date: 1997-03-15

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ISBN: 0520207157


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