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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 VI - Perverted Taste (Petr. 55.6; 93.2) 113

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Chapter VI Perverted Taste (Petr. 55.6; 93.2)* 55.6 Luxuriae rictu Martis marcent moenia. Tuo palato clausus pavo pascitur plumato amictus aureo Babylonico, gallina tibi Numidica, tibi gallus spado; ciconia etiam, grata peregrina hospita, 5 pietaticultrix gracilipes crotalistria, avis exul hiemis, titulus tepidi temporis nequitiae nidum in caccabo fecit tuae. Quo margaritam caram tibi, bacam Indicam? An ut matrona onerata phaleris pelagiis 10 tollat pedes indomita in strato extraneo? Zmaragdum ad quam rem viridem, pretiosum vitrum? Quo Carchedonios optas ignes lapideos? Nisi ut scintillet aequitas e carbunculis. Aequum est induere nuptam ventum textilem, 15 palam prostare nudam in nebula linea? HL(=lmrtp)O(=BRP) 2 pascitur Scaliger: nascitur 3 aureo L: auro HO Babylonicus Fraenkel 6 pietaticultrix L: pietatis cultrix HO 7 hieme Fraenkel 8 tuae Fraenkel: tuo Heinsius: modo Bücheler: meae Dell’Era: meo codd. Marmorale 9 margaritam caram Ribbeck: -a cara tibi bacam Indicam Heinsius: tibi bac(c)a Indica Ol: tribac(c)a Indica Hmrtp 10 onerata mrtp: ornata HO 14 e B: est HLP: et R carbunculis Bücheler: -lus Hlmt : -os Orp 15 induere lp Samb. Scaliger: inducere 16 linea lmtp Samb. Scaliger: lun(a)e rHO Chapter VI 114 93.2 Ales Phasiacis petita Colchis atque Afrae volucres placent palato quod non sunt faciles, at albus anser et pictis anas involuta pennis plebeium sapit. Ultimis ab oris 5 attractus scarus atque arata Syrtis siquid naufragio dedit, probatur; mullus iam gravis est. Amica vincit uxorem. Rosa cinnamum veretur. Quicquid quaeritur optimum videtur. 10 L(=lrtp) 2 Afrae...

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