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Arbitri Nugae

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


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 IX - Tantalus and the Miser (Petr. 82.5) 157


Chapter IX Tantalus and the Miser (Petr. 82.5)* Non bibit inter aquas poma aut pendentia carpit Tantalus infelix, quem sua vota premunt. Divitis haec magni facies erit, omnia cernens qui timet et sicco concoquit ore famem. L(=lrtp)(=nvp[Paris. Lat. 7647]aeb) Fulg. myth. 2.15 3-4 Bonn UB. S 218 (saec. xi) 1 nec Fulg. nec poma pendentia Fulg. 3 miseri Bücheler: avidi Stöcker omnia late Fulg., Bonn UB. S 218: omnia circum Bücheler: omnia acervans Jacobs, Ham- marström, Ernout, Cesareo-Terzaghi: omnia cenans Leo 4 tenet vn, Fulg., Bonn UB. S 218, Bücheler 1. This poem is the only text allowing a comparison between Petronius’ direct tradition (L) and a quotation by Fulgentius (myth. 2.15), and vice versa. It is also found in the Florilegia (), which transmitted it to Vincent of Beauvais and Iacobus Magnus.1 As these sources differ notably from one another, the first problem to be tackled concerns the establishment of a reliable text. Leaving mi- nor differences aside, the thorniest problems concentrate in the last two lines, where L gives omnia cernens qui timet, two Florilegia manuscripts2 offer omnia cernens qui tenet,3 and in Fulgentius we read omnia late qui tenet, a reading also * A version of this chapter has appeared as part of Cinque poesie petroniane (Sat. 82.5, 83.10, 108.14, 126.18, 132.15), “Prometheus” 24, 1998, 217-242 (pp. 217-221). 1 Cf. Ullman 1930, 19-20; lastly, Aragosti 1995, 334-335 n. 240. 2 I.e. v (Hamb. Cod. 53 c in scrin., published...

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