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2 Agenda Discussion 1 What Would Petronius Think? Recap & Update Petronian Background, Petronian Foreground Discussion: What is the Moral? The Widow of Ephesus, The Pergamene Boy 6-Nov 2013Petronius2

3 Discussion 1 What Would Petronius Think?

4 The Author’s Complaint… “Then why … must every nagging prude … denounce my work as lewd? … I write of every human act / admitted to be true. … Let prudes … heed … Epicurus …, that … pleasure is the goal of all….” (pp )

5 Discussion fight over giton not ok for finnis b/c of stable marriage thing not sure if the misogyny thing finnis-like… petron not supportive of either finnis: v decandence petron more toward finnis speech about cinaedi but,… encolpius counters f enc as virtuous, ascyltus as non-virtuous petron mocks a lot of what he talks about mocking exaggeration point of agreement\ the mocking is similar to nuss mos-maiorum moralizing (absolutist) nuss has a similar system to the satiric voice as satire makes fun of finnis ideas 6-Nov 2013Petronius5

6 Recap & Update Petronian Background, Petronian Foreground

7 Holt Parker’s “Teratogenic Grid” Holt Parker. “The Teratogenic Grid.” Roman Sexualities. Eds. Judith P. Hallett, and Marilyn B. Skinner. Princeton: Princeton University Press, –65. Print.

8 Matrimonial Ideology Maritalis affectio, adfectio coniugalis Univira Reverentia, obsequium Concordia, consortium, societas Treggiari, Susan. Roman Marriage: Iusti Coniuges from the Time of Cicero to the Time of Ulpian. Oxford and New York: Clarendon Press; Oxford University Press, Print. 6-Nov 2013Petronius8

9 Sexual-Social Ideology/Law Lex scantinia (149 BCE) Augustan marriage legislation Lex iulia et papia (18 BCE, 9 CE) Lex iulia de adulteriis coercendis (9CE) McGinn, Thomas A. Prostitution, Sexuality, and the Law in Ancient Rome. New York and Oxford: Oxford University Press, Print. 6-Nov 2013Petronius9

10 Petronius and Nero Nero (Nero Claudius Caesar) r Philhellene artiste Petronius arbiter elegantiae (overseer of entertainments) suicide, 65 CE Satyricon (episodic novel) Nero 6-Nov 2013Petronius10

11 Puteoli Pompeii Naples Croton

12 Satyricon: Plot Outline Lost text Encolpius & … Lycurgus (?) Encolpius gladiator kills Lycurgus lanista Lichas (Enc’s affair w/ wife) Tryphaena (theft of Giton) “Brothers” & Quartilla offense vs. Priapus Preserved text “Bros.’ ” Oratory, escapades about town Reunion w/ Quartilla Priapic offense atoned for? Dinner w/ Trimalchio Preserved text (cont.) Eumolpus & “bros.” Pergamene boy Shipboard reunion w/ Lichas, Tryphaena widow of Ephesus theft of Isis’ gear shipwreck Con in Croton Encolpius’ impotence w/ Circe w/ Oenothea Philomela lena Eumolpus’ will

13 Satyricon: Theme and Layout Three “fratres” (brothers) Encolpius Ascyltus Giton Priapic bipolarity excess Trimalchio’s feast depletion Quartilla’s orgy Encolpius’ impotence Artistic decadence? Priapus 6-Nov 2013Petronius13

14 Discussion: What is the Moral? The Widow of Ephesus, The Pergamene Boy

15 Widow of Ephesus Story widow – well know for chasteness she’s upset about husband who starving self – weeping in the tomb soldier guarding bodies gives her something to eat they have sex gallows gets robed of deceased string up husband Ideological-horizon aspects? marital ideology maybe augustan legislation 6-Nov 2013Petronius15 teratogeniclegislation matrimony

16 The Pergamene Boy StoryIdeological-horizon aspects? 6-Nov 2013Petronius16 teratogeniclegislation matrimony


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