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The Works of T. Petronius Arbiter (S. Briscoe/ B. Bragge, 1708).


THE| WORKS| OF| T. Petronius Arbiter,| In Prose and Verse;| [...] (S. Briscoe/ B. Bragge, 1708).


[with engravings] engraved titlepage [Roman convivium with Romans of both sexes and satyrs - all under the the protection of Truth (quite naked)]/ titlepage/ [16] pp. preface/ p.i-xvi "Life of Petronius Arbiter"/ [6] pp. Key/ [8] pp. Contents/ p.1-280/ p.281-88 "The Charms of Liberty. A Poem in allusion to the Archbishop of Cambray's Telemachus"/ 8.


{L: 1608/4220}.

Bibliographical reference

ESTC: t105571

History of publication

A. a. linkThe Works of T. Petronius Arbiter (London: S. Briscoe/ B. Bragge, 1708).
b. [...] second edition (London: S. Briscoe/ J. Woodward/ J. Morphew, 1710).link
c. [...] (London: S. Briscoe/ J. Morphew/ J. Woodward, 1712).link
d. [...] fourth edition (London: S. Briscoe/ J. Morphew/ J. Woodward, 1713).link
e. [...] (London: S. Briscoe/ J. Morphew/ J. Woodward, 1714).link
f. [...] (1721) [ESTC: t179717].

The first two parts follow new research and place the Cena Trimalchonis into the context of the Satyricon. A unifying narrator's voice melts the diverse episodes and dialogues, poems and changes of scenery into a single story. The commentary justifies Petron's European fame, taking his (modern) politness into account. The author's death is related in extenso to modify the usual accusation of Petron as Epicurian disciple. Socrates and Cato died with similar strength (a model Jesus Christ hardly followed).