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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 XI - Appeal to Peace (Petr. 108.14) 169


Chapter XI Appeal to Peace (Petr. 108.14)* 108.13 Data ergo acceptaque ex more patrio fide protendit ramum oleae a tute- la navigii raptum, atque in colloquium venire ausa 14 ‘quis furor’ exclamat ‘pacem convertit in arma? Quid nostrae meruere manus? Non Troius heros hac in classe vehit decepti pignus Atridae, nec Medea furens fraterno sanguine pugnat. Sed contemptus amor vires habet. Ei mihi, fata 5 hos inter fluctus quis raptis evocat armis? Cui non est mors una satis? Ne vincite pontum gurgitibusque feris alios immittite fluctus’. 108.14 L(=lrtp)O(=RP) 1 Isid. etym. 2.21.19 1 exclamat: o cives Isid. 2 heros O: hostis L: hospes Wehle 5 ei Bücheler: et 7 ne rtmgpP: nec ltR 8 immittite L: imponite O 1. This poem, uttered by Tryphaena, is unique in all that has been preserved of the Satyrica. Though several others are presented as uttered by a character at some point of the story, it is the only one with a verbum dicendi inserted in the verse, syntactically connecting it with the preceding narration in prose.1 This unmistakably marks it as the narrator’s (the author’s) elaboration; in this case he does not request the reader to take it as a simple mimetic reproduction of a po- * A version of this chapter has appeared as part of Cinque poesie petroniane (Sat. 82.5, 83.10, 108.14, 126.18, 132.5), “Prometheus” 24, 1998, 217-242 (pp. 226-232). 1 Cf. also, now, Jensson 2004, 34-37; Habermehl 2006, 454. Vannini 2010, 205 points out possible analogies in...

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