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Arbitri Nugae

Petronius’ Short Poems in the "Satyrica"


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 III - Two Views of Success (Petr. 15.9; 18.6) 61


Chapter III Two Views of Success (Petr. 15.9; 18.6)* 15.9 Nolo quod cupio statim tenere nec victoria mi placet parata L(=lmrtp) 2 placet michi 18.6 Contemni turpe est, legem donare superbum: hoc amo, quod possum qua libet ire via. Nam sane et s...

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