The Satyricon

Gaius Petronius ARBITER (c. 27 - 66), translated by W. C. FIREBAUGH ( - )

Satyricon (or Satyrica) is a Latin work of fiction in a mixture of prose and poetry. It is believed to have been written by Gaius Petronius, though the manuscript tradition identifies the author as a certain Titus Petronius. As with the Metamorphoses of Apuleius, classical scholars often describe it as a "Roman novel", without necessarily implying continuity with the modern literary form.

The surviving portions of the text detail the misadventures of the narrator, Encolpius, and his lover, a handsome sixteen-year-old boy named Giton. Throughout the novel, Encolpius has a hard time keeping his lover faithful to him as he is constantly being enticed away by others. Encolpius's friend Ascyltus (who seems to have previously been in a relationship with Encolpius) is another major character. It is a rare example of a Roman novel, the only other surviving example (quite different in style and plot) being Metamorphoses written by Lucius Apuleius. It is also extremely important evidence for the reconstruction of what everyday life must have been like for the lower classes during the early Roman Empire.
(Summary taken from Wikipedia)

Genre(s): Classics (Antiquity), Satire

Language: English

Section Chapter Reader Time
Play 00 Preface and Introduction Ann Boulais
00:31:53
Play 01 Vol 1 - Adventures of Encolpius and His Companions, Ch 1-10 Brendan Stallard
00:20:00
Play 02 Vol 1 - Adventures of Encolpius and His Companions, Ch 11 Brendan Stallard
00:25:52
Play 03 Vol 1 - Adventures of Encolpius and His Companions, Ch 12-19 Brendan Stallard
00:18:00
Play 04 Vol 1 - Adventures of Encolpius and His Companions, Ch 20-26 Brendan Stallard
00:20:42
Play 05 Vol 2 - The Dinner of Trimalchio, Ch 27-37 Denny Sayers (d. 2015)
00:24:40
Play 06 Vol 2 - The Dinner of Trimalchio, Ch 38-44 Denny Sayers (d. 2015)
00:22:27
Play 07 Vol 2 - The Dinner of Trimalchio, Ch 45-52 Denny Sayers (d. 2015)
00:23:26
Play 08 Vol 2 - The Dinner of Trimalchio, Ch 53-59 Denny Sayers (d. 2015)
00:21:24
Play 09 Vol 2 - The Dinner of Trimalchio, Ch 60-69 Denny Sayers (d. 2015)
00:27:34
Play 10 Vol 2 - The Dinner of Trimalchio, Ch 70-78 Denny Sayers (d. 2015)
00:26:38
Play 11 Vol 3 - The Further Adventures of Encolpius and His Companions, Ch 79-88 miette
00:27:35
Play 12 Vol 3 - The Further Adventures of Encolpius and His Companions, Ch 89-98 miette
00:31:15
Play 13 Vol 4 - Encolpius, Giton and Eumolpus Escape by Sea, Ch 99-105 Saethram
00:18:19
Play 14 Vol 4 - Encolpius, Giton and Eumolpus Escape by Sea, Ch 106-110 Saethram
00:15:16
Play 15 Vol 4 - Encolpius, Giton, and Eumolpus Escape by Sea, Ch 111-116 Saethram
00:19:25
Play 16 Vol 4 - Encolpius, Giton and Eumolpus Escape by Sea, Ch 117-124 Denny Sayers (d. 2015)
00:37:02
Play 17 Vol 5 - Affairs at Crotona, Ch 125-131 Andrew Coleman
00:20:42
Play 18 Vol 5 - Affairs at Crotona, Ch 132-137 Andrew Coleman
00:23:24
Play 19 Vol 5 - Affairs at Crotona, Ch 138-141 Andrew Coleman
00:20:29