Petronius, Satyricon

LCL 15: 68-69

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O (= BRP), L (= ldmrtp)

PETRONII ARBITRI SATYRICON (SATIRICON B, d) B, drtp: Arbiter Satyricon GL 6.153.33 (Aelius Festus Asmonius sive Apthonius): INCIPIUNT EXCERTA PETRONII SATYRICI R: Petronii arbitri satirarum liber INCIPIT (in marg. eadem manu Petronii arbitri affranii Satirici liber incipit) P: Petronii Arbitri Satyri fragmenta ex libro quinto decimo et sexto decimo A: C. PETRONII ARBITRI AFRANII SATYRICI LIBER DESUNT MULTA l


OL1. “num alio genere furiarum declamatores inquietantur, qui clamant: ‘haec vulnera pro libertate publica excepi, hunc oculum pro vobis impendi; date mihi {ducem}1 qui me ducat ad liberos meos, nam succisi poplites membra non sustinent’? | 2haec ipsa tolerabilia essent, si ad eloquentiam ituris viam facerent. nunc et rerum tumore

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1. [Encolpius1 is near the end of his part of a dialogue with Agamemnon] . . . “Are our teachers of rhetoric tormented by another pack of Furies when they shout out: ‘These wounds I got fighting for our country’s liberty, this eye I sacrificed for you. Give me someone to guide me to my children, for my knees have been hamstrung2 and cannot bear the weight of my body.’ Even such statements might have been tolerable, if they had cleared a path for those seeking eloquence. In reality the only achievement of the

  • 1Encolpius is the narrator of the whole novel; Agamemnon is a teacher of rhetoric and a character in the Satyrica until ch. 78.
  • 2Prisoners of war were often hamstrung to prevent escape.
DOI: 10.4159/DLCL.petronius-satyricon.2020