Introduction: The Satyricon
• The introduction was written by the book's translator, Professor J. P. Sullivan.
• "The Satyricon" was written by Titus Petronius who served in the court of the Roman ruler, Nero.
• There is some controversy about the authorship of "The Satyricon."
• Some scholars doubt that "The Satyricon" was written by Petronius, Nero's courtier. However, there is no consensus among the doubters as to its actual authorship.
• The writing style and language point to the first century AD as do the economic and historical references, which points toward Petronius as the author.
• Petronius ultimately became the Arbiter of Elegance in Nero's court, which was a recognition of his sophistication and talent.
• Petronius, who lived 27 AD to about 66 AD, apparently had great influence over Nero.
• Sullivan points out that the surviving work is fragmented and has missing sections--perhaps quite a few.
• Sullivan clarifies that he has kept his...
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