The Roman Novel: The 'Satyricon' of Petronius and the 'Metamorphoses' of Apuleius

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"The Satyricon" of Petronius and the "Metamorphoses" (or "The Golden Ass") of Apuleius are the only novels written at Rome before AD 200 to have survived. The genre is the comic romance, the literature of relaxation in the ancient world. This study defines the genre and sets it in the context of other forms of fiction of the period. It shows that both Petronius and Apuleius introduced important innovations into the traditional comic romance. A critical study of "The Satyricon" is included, with a separate chapter on Trimalchio's feast, a central comic episode of the book. "The Golden Ass" is similarly examined, again with special analysis of its centre piece, the story of Cupid and Psyche. The book assesses the later influence of the two novels on the mainstream of European picaresque fiction.

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. .we can be greatful to Walsh for providing a study to which all interested in the Roman novel will turn for instruction ans stimulation for a long time to come. They may be greatful, too, for the pleasure which comes from reading a bookwritten with great clarity and elegance." --American Journal of Philology

Dr. Walsh has produced an eminently sensible and eminently readable book, analysing with logic and intelligence the Satyricon of Petronius and the Metamorphoses of Apuleius. --Classical Folia

Sanity, moderation, and commonsense are Walsh's most obvious critical principle. . . . --Phoenix

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