Wednesday, 3 January 2018

The Satyricon by Petronius

"We threw ourselves on our beds, and spent the rest of the night without apprehension."

This is the ancient world's Hangover. Well perhaps that is an oversimplification and yet it is certainly filed squarely under erotica on the Gutenberg website. It starts off with some nightly carousing and walking in the wrong door, queue some disturbing underage coupling and then it just gets stranger and stranger. No wonder Fellini's film of the source novel was a source of controversy - not that I've seen it... well... not yet. I'm fairly certain its on the 1001 films list and as such, I shall have to take a peek.
This edition has some missing sections which don't assist in making sense of the narrative. Needless to say there is quite a smorgasbord of debauchery on offer, proving there is nothing new under the sun.

4 out of 5, pour another glass and let's see what happens.

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