Book List in Order:6 titles


  • An entertaining romp through the salacious world of Roman society. Dr. Nest's spirited translation of the scrolls, abundant with ironic wit, charm, lampoonery and eroticism, serves well to bring this first modern novel to life....


  • Encolpius, a soldier of fortune, despiser of pedantry, lecherous and contrary, and the beautiful Giton, who lives off his charms, are invited to a gargantuan banquet hosted by the prodigal, pompous, newly rich Trimalchio. When the feast turns into a ...


  • Perhaps the strangest—and most strikingly modern—work to survive from the ancient world, The Satyricon relates the hilarious mock epic adventures of the impotent Encolpius, and his struggle to regain virility. Here Petronius brilliantly brings to...


  • "This version by a translator who understands the high art of low humor is conspicuously funny."—TimeThe Satyricon is a classic of comedy, a superbly funny picture of Nero's Rome as seen through the eyes of Petronius, its most amorous and elegant c...


  • Petronius (C. or T. Petronius Arbiter), who is reasonably identified with the author of this famous satyric and satiric novel, was a man of pleasure and of good literary taste who flourished in the times of Claudius (41–54 CE) and Nero (54–68). A...