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Arbitri Nugae

Petronius’ Short Poems in the "Satyrica</I>

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Aldo Setaioli

This book aims to provide a comprehensive inquiry into the short metrical intermezzos inserted in the prose narrative of Petronius’ Satyrica. The text of each poem has been thoroughly investigated; in addition, special attention has been devoted to their function in the context and to the aspects connecting Petronius with the literature and culture of his time. Numerous contacts with other ancient authors have been pointed out to illustrate Petronius’ attitude to the cultural and literary heritage on the one hand, and the character of his own work on the other.

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Chapter I - The Education of the Orator (Petr. 5) 15

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Chapter I The Education of the Orator (Petr. 5)* 4.5 Sed ne me putes improbasse schedium Lucilianae humilitatis, quod sentio et ipse carmine effingam: 5. artis severae si quis ambit effectus mentemque magnis applicat, prius mores frugalitatis lege poliat exacta. Nec curet alto regiam trucem vultu cliensque cenas impotentium captet, 5 nec perditis addictus obruat vino mentis calorem, neve plausor in scaenam sedeat redemptus histrioniae addictus. Sed sive armigerae rident Tritonidis arces seu Lacedaemonio tellus habitata colono 10 Sirenumque domus, det primos versibus annos Maeoniumque bibat felici pectore fontem. Mox et Socratico plenus grege mittat habenas liber et ingentis quatiat Demosthenis arma. Hinc Romana manus circumfluat et modo Graio 15 exonerata sono mutet suffusa saporem. Interdum subducta foro det pagina cursum et fortuna sonet celeri distincta meatu; dent epulas et bella truci memorata canore grandiaque indomiti Ciceronis verba minentur. 20 His animum succinge bonis: sic flumine largo plenus Pierio defundes pectore verba. 4.5 L(=ldmrtp)O(=BRP) 5 LO 4.5 schedium lmgtmgp: schadium B: studium Bmgcett. Lucil(l)ian(a)e lmgtpB: Lucianae lRP Samb. Puteol.: Lucinianae dmr humilitatis dmrtBmg: improbitatis pO: vel improbitatis humilitatis l 5.1 ambit tmg: amat LO : hamat lmgE(Messanensis deperditus) 2 mores BR: more cett. Chapter I 16 3 poliat Heinsius: polleat dmrtpO: palleat ltvl 4 nec LP: ne BR 5 cliensve p2 Scaliger 7 scaenam Heinsius (sce-): scena 8 histrioniae lmgtp Samb.: histrionei drmgB: histrioni ltvlRP: histriones m Memm.: histrionis r Turneb. Scaliger: histrion G(Guelferbytanus extravag. 299) ad rictus Ribbeck: (histrionis) ad dicta...

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