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Possibly the strangest—and such a lot strikingly modern—work to outlive from the traditional international, The Satyricon relates the hilarious mock epic adventures of the impotent Encolpius, and his fight to regain virility. right here Petronius brilliantly brings to lifestyles the courtesans, legacy-hunters, pompous professors and dissolute priestesses of the age - and, notably, Trimalchio, the archetypal self-made millionaire whose pretentious vulgarity on an insanely grand scale makes him one of many nice comedian characters in literature. Seneca's The Apocolocyntosis, a malicious skit on 'the deification of Claudius the Clod', was once designed through the writer to ingratiate himself with Nero, who used to be Claudius' successor. jointly, the 2 offer a robust perception right into a darkly attention-grabbing interval of Roman history.

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