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