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CLAS 250 - The Ancient Novel


A detailed study of a masterpiece of surviving classical Latin literature, Petronius’ novel the Satyricon or Satyrica.  This lecture course will consider all aspects of this novel of the Age of Nero: the identity of its mysterious author; its genre and antecedents in both Greek and Latin literature; and the historical, social, and literary context in which it was composed.  Outside readings in the history of the Neronian age and other extant works of classical literature from the period will enhance a better appreciation of the consummate artistry of this enigmatic and spellbinding work.