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Encolpius, illustration by Norman Lindsay  Encolpius: The narrator and principal character Giton: A handsome sixteen-year-old boy, a slave and a sexual partner of Encolpius Ascyltos: An ex-gladiator and friend of Encolpius, rival for the ownership of Giton Trimalchio: An extremely vulgar and wealthy freedman Eumolpus: An aged, impoverished and lecherous poet of the sort rich men are said to hate Lichas: An enemy of Encolpius Tryphaena: A woman infatuated with Giton Corax: A barber, the hired servant of Eumolpus Circe: A woman attracted to Encolpius Chrysis: Circe's servant, also in love with Encolpius Synopsis[ edit ] The work is narrated by its central figure, Encolpius, a retired, famous gladiator of the area.
The surviving sections of the novel begin with Encolpius traveling with a companion and former lover named Ascyltos, who has joined Encolpius on numerous escapades.
Encolpius' slave, Giton, is at his owner's lodging when the story begins. Chapters 1—26[ edit ] In the first passage preserved, Encolpius is in a Greek town in Campaniaperhaps Puteoliwhere he is standing outside a school, railing against the Asiatic style and false taste in literature, which he blames on the prevailing system of declamatory education 1—2.
His adversary in this debate is Agamemnon, a sophistwho shifts the blame from the teachers to the parents 3—5. Encolpius discovers that his companion Ascyltos has left and breaks away from Agamemnon when a group of students arrive 6. Encolpius locates Ascyltos 7—8 and then Giton 8who claims that Ascyltos made a sexual attempt on him 9.
After some conflict 9—11the three go to the market, where they are involved in a dispute over stolen property 12— Returning to their lodgings, they are confronted by Quartillaa devotee of Priapuswho condemns their attempts to pry into the cult's secrets 16— The companions are overpowered by Quartilla and her maids, who overpower and sexually torture them 19—21then provide them with dinner and engage them in further sexual activity 21— An orgy ensues and the sequence ends with Encolpius and Quartilla exchanging kisses while they spy through a keyhole at Giton having sex with a virgin girl; and finally sleeping together Chapters 26—78, Cena Trimalchionis Trimalchio's dinner [ edit ] Fortunata, illustration by Norman Lindsay This section of the Satyricon, regarded by classicists such as Conte and Rankin as emblematic of Menippean satiretakes place a day or two after the beginning of the extant story.
Encolpius and companions are invited by one of Agamemnon's slaves, to a dinner at the estate of Trimalchioa freedman of enormous wealth, who entertains his guests with ostentatious and grotesque extravagance. After preliminaries in the baths and halls 26—30the guests mostly freedmen enter the dining room, where their host joins them.
Extravagant courses are served while Trimalchio flaunts his wealth and his pretence of learning 31— Trimalchio's departure to the toilet he is incontinent allows space for conversation among the guests 41— Encolpius listens to their ordinary talk about their neighbours, about the weather, about the hard times, about the public games, and about the education of their children.
In his insightful depiction of everyday Roman life, Petronius delights in exposing the vulgarity and pretentiousness of the illiterate and ostentatious wealthy of his age. After Trimalchio's return from the lavatory 47the succession of courses is resumed, some of them disguised as other kinds of food or arranged to resemble certain zodiac signs.
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