The marvelously entertaining parody of imperial Rome
One of the most outrageous and strikingly modern works to have survived from the ancient world, The Satyricon offers an unmatched satirical portrait of the age of Nero, in all its excesses and chaos. It recounts the adventures of Encolpius and his companions as they travel around Italy, encountering courtesans, priestesses, con men, brothel-keepers, pompous professors, and, above all, Trimalchio, the nouveau riche millionaire whose debauched feasting and pretentious vulgarity make him one of the great comic characters in literature.
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“This version by a translator who understands the high art of low humor is conspicuously funny.” Time
“William Arrowsmith’s translation of The Satyricon meets the two fundamental requirements of the translator’s art: perfect fidelity to the original and a vitality of style that tempts the reader to believe that the English version is not a translation. A classic of literature.” Allen Tate
“Arrowsmith’s brilliant translation at one stroke renders every other version obsolete.” London Times Literary Supplement