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The Satyricon by Petronius Arbiter
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Mar 14, 2008

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bookshelves: classicalliterature
Recommended for: Hardcore Romaphiles
Read in January, 2005

I would like to like this book more. I think my favor for it is in the romantic ideal that it is fragmented due to the lack of source documents and I would like to thin that somewhere the rest of the story is waiting to be dug up so the tale can be completed. I did enjoy reading this but alas due to the fact that it is incomplete I feel the story is too disjointed to really follow completely. If you are hip to the contemporary issues of Petronius' day there are parts of this book that stand as revealing social commentary on freedmen, conspicuous wealth, and famed Roman gluttony. Also if you want some Roman fiction that thoroughly explores the fascination of Roman men and their little boy toys, this is the book for you.

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