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