Petronius, Nero's master of ceremonies, wrote a dazzling comic panorama of Roman pretension, perversion, high life, and low life - the earliest novel in the West, surviving in these fragments.

“[Ruden] has caught, better than any translator known to me, both the conversational patterns of Petronian dialogue and the camera-sharp specificity and color of the Satyricon‘s descriptive passages…. A quite extraordinary achievement against heavy odds.”

—Peter Green, The Los Angeles Times Book Review

More books by Sarah Ruden
the gospels translated by sarah ruden

The Gospels

The Aeneid Translated by Sarah Ruden expanded edition

The Aeneid



The Face of Water by Sarah Ruden

The Face of Water

The Golden Ass translated by Srah Ruden

The Golden Ass


Paul Among the People


The Aeneid

Homeric Hymns translated by Srah Ruden

Homeric Hymns

Lysistrata translated by Sarah Ruden


Other Places - Poetry by Sarah Ruden

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