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Nov 01, Pages. Perhaps the strangest—and most strikingly modern—work to survive from the ancient world, The Satyricon relates the hilarious mock epic adventures of the impotent Encolpius, and his struggle to regain virility. Here Petronius brilliantly brings to life the courtesans, legacy-hunters, pompous professors and dissolute priestesses of the age — and, above all, Trimalchio, the archetypal self-made millionaire whose pretentious vulgarity on an insanely grand scale makes him one of the great comic characters in literature.
Together, the two provide a powerful insight into a darkly fascinating period of Roman history.
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For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. The Satyricon unfailingly turns every weakness of the flesh, every foible of the mind, to laughter.
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