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The Satyricon by Petronius Arbiter
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Jan 04, 2012

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An interesting little literary footnote of classical literature, probably more entertaining to Roman history and literature scholars than the casual reader. Still, Encolpius and his serving boy Giton make for interesting heroes, particularly as early homosexual leads. There are enough fragments left to construct a reasonable plot line but not much in the way of character arcs, which results in the principals eventually becoming somewhat grating as they drift from one misadventure to another. More fun than you'd think, but not very satisfying in the end- rather like Voltaire's CANDIDE, but without the ultimate kick in the crotch that makes all the absurdity worth getting through.

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