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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 XVI - Love in an Ideal Landscape (Petr. 131.8) 225


Chapter XVI Love in an Ideal Landscape (Petr. 131.8)* Mobilis aestivas platanus diffuderat umbras et bacis redimita Daphne tremulaeque cupressus et circum tonsae trepidanti vertice pinus. Has inter ludebat aquis errantibus amnis spumeus et querulo vexabat rore lapillos. 5 Dignus amore locus; testis silvestris aedon atque urbana Procne, quae circum gramina fusae et molles violas cantu sua rura colebant. L(=lrtp)O(=BRP) 1 mobilis R: nobilis LBP 2 post 3 legitur in L 4 errantibus Otp Samb.: trepidantibus lr 6 silvestris aedon Scaliger: silvester aedon Pius: silvesterisdon B: silvester iasdon tpRP: sil- vestris hirundo lr Memm. Tolos.(ap. p2) 8 et L: ac O sua rura ltpR: suasura BP: sua iura r Memm. colebant L: colebat O lacunam ind. t 1. This poetic description in Ovidian style1 of the locus amoenus which will be the setting of Encolpius’ and Circe’s second amorous tryst poses from the very first word some rather intricate textual problems that must be solved before go- ing on to interpret the composition. * A version of this chapter will appear in Rome et le Christianisme: mutations, stratégies et créativité. Mélanges en l’honneur de Leandro Polverini (= “Anabases” 12, 2010), with the title La poesia in Petronio, Sat. 131.8. 1 Cf. Collignon 1892, 240; Paratore 1933, II, 116; Stöcker 1969, 41; Rindi 1980, 126. Chapter XVI 226 The majority of witnesses read nobilis at line 1, while mobilis is only found in R. Nobilis is in fact preferred by several authoritative scholars2 and is...

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