Lesson 1 (from Introduction: The Satyricon)
Introduction: "The Satyricon"
Petronius is listed as the author of "The Satyricon" but there has been speculation throughout history that doubts if Petronius was in fact the author. Learning more about the author prior to reading "The Satyricon" will enhance the student's knowledge and understanding of events in the story. Additionally, knowledge of the author will help them realize other literary elements, such as irony and imagery. Today, students will discuss Petronius, author of "The Satyricon."
1) Class discussion: Does anyone know who Petronius is? Explain the controversy over authorship outlined in the introduction. Why is authorship important? Explain that Petronius also served as Arbiter of Excellence in the emperor's court. Does anyone have any idea what that means? It has been said that the emperor -- spoiled with luxury -- accepted things only that Petronius suggested/recommended.
2) Small groups: Split the class into small groups...
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