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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 X Life Choices (Petr. 83.10)* Qui pelago credit, magno se faenore tollit; qui pugnas et castra petit, praecingitur auro; vilis adulator picto iacet ebrius ostro, et qui sollicitat nuptas, ad praemia peccat: sola pruinosis horret facundia pannis 5 atque inopi lingua desertas invocat artes. L(=lrtp)O(=RP)Voss.(=Leidensis Vossianus Latinus F 111) 3 Ioh. Sarisb. Pol. 3.13 5 heret Voss. prudentia pannis Voss. 6 disertas Voss. These lines are the first specimen of Eumolpus’ poetry, with which he presents himself to Encolpius as a poet.1 As it has been rightly remarked,2 this poem serves as a proem to Eumolpus’ poetic corpus, which also includes the Troiae halosis and the Bellum civile, plus two more short poems. The closest model is of course Horace’s first ode;3 like this, our poem is cast in the form of a Pria- mel4 culminating in the opposition of literary (and surely poetic) activity to the previously listed occupations. * A version of this chapter has appeared as part of Cinque poesie petroniane (82.5, 83.10, 108.14, 126.18, 132.15), “Prometheus 24, 1998, 217-242 (pp. 221-226). 1 It is only a “sproloquio poetico” according to Paratore 1933, II, 287. Yeh 2007, 394- 399, who also offers a metric and phonic analysis of the poem, believes it to anticipate Eumolpus’ greatest poetic effort: the Bellum civile. 2 See especially Loporcaro 1984; also Connors 1998, 63; Habermehl 2006, 84. 3 So, correctly, Loporcaro 1984. Gagliardi 1981, 362 n. 9 prefers to associate our poem with Horace’s...

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