My interest in preparing an edition of the Satyrica (more commonly known as the Satyricon) has evolved over many years. It began as a joint project with J. P. Sullivan, but was voided by his untimely death. As I later prepared materials for my Commentary on the Satyrica of Petronius (OUP 2011), it became clear that I would have to establish a Latin text with apparatus and translation. Over time it became a useful tool and then the backbone of my Commentary. My first Latin text was the one Sullivan and I had prepared some years earlier; over time it was greatly modified, but I could no longer benefit from Sullivan’s advice. Sullivan died in 1993 and thus could not appreciate Müller’s radical changes from his 1983 Petronius text to those of his 1995 and 2003 editions.
Over the last many years I have been helped and guided by communications and discussions with various colleagues, who have taken the time to alert me to special items regarding Petronius and his Satyrica: J. N. Adams, John Bodel, Stephen Harrison, and Giulio Vannini. Aldo Setaioli was a valuable aid in dealing with the text of the Apocolocyntosis. Special thanks are given here to Leofranc Holford-Strevens, who tutored me in many areas of Latin and the ancient world. To those connected to the Loeb Classical Library (LCL) with whom I have corresponded,