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Arbitri Nugae

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

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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 XVIII - Encolpius and the Role of Priapus (Petr. 133.3; 139.2) 265

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Chapter XVIII Encolpius and the Role of Priapus (Petr. 133.3; 139.2)* 133.2 positoque in limine genu sic deprecatus sum numen aversum: 3 Nympharum Bacchique comes, quem pulchra Dione divitibus silvis numen dedit, inclita paret cui Lesbos viridisque Thasos, quem Lydus adorat septifluus templumque tuis imponit Hypaepis: huc ades, et Bacchi tutor Dryadumque voluptas, 5 et timidas admitte preces. Non sanguine tristi perfusus venio, non templis impius hostis admovi dextram, sed inops et rebus egenis attritus facinus non toto corpore feci. Quisquis peccat inops minor est reus. Hac prece, quaeso, 10 exonera mentem culpaeque ignosce minori, et quandoque mihi fortunae arriserit hora, non sine honore tuum patiar decus. Ibit ad aras, sancte, tuas hircus, pecoris pater, ibit ad aras corniger et querulae fetus suis, hostia lactens. 15 Spumabit pateris hornus liquor, et ter ovantem circa delubrum gressum feret ebria pubes. L(=lrtp)O(=BRP) 133.3.10 quisquis… reus LO 133.3.14 solus servavit B, unde sumpsit p 133.2 numen aversum Anonym. ap. Burm.: numina versu 133.3.4 septifluus LP, agnoscit Heiricus Autissiodurensis, MGH, Poetae Lat. Aevi Carol. III, p.461: sep (i.e. semper) flauius B: semperfluus R: vestifluus Turneb.: sertifluus Reiske, Vine: suppliciter temptavit Bücheler: septifluum (cum litus v. 3 pro Lydus, ubi Nilus Aur. ap. Burm.) Fiaccadori, fortasse recte tuis: suis Iungerm. 5 et: o Scalig. 12 quandoque L: quando O 14 pecoris p: docoris B Chapter XVIII 266 15 fetus Jun.: festus lactens Puteol.: lactans 139.2 Non solum me numen et implacabile fatum persequitur. Prius Inachia Tirynthius ora exagitatus onus caeli tulit,...

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