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  • Petronius, Gaius Known as "Petronius Arbiter.” Died A.D. 66. Roman courtier who is credited with writing the Satyricon.

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  • n. Roman satirist (died in 66)

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Examples

  • When the fragments of Petronius made a great noise in the literary world, Meibomius, an erudit of Lubeck, read in a letter from another learned scholar from Bologna, "We have here _an entire Petronius_; I saw it with mine own eyes, and with admiration."

    Curiosities of Literature, Vol. 1 (of 3)

  • You hated the idea of Petronius and Maia growing close.

    A Body In The Bath House

  • The description of a crowded insula, or lodging-house, in Petronius, (c. 95, 97,) perfectly tallies with the complaints of Juvenal; and we learn from legal authority, that, in the time of Augustus, (Heineccius, Hist.

    The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire

  • For this cause other Augustians, who had lost their houses and in them vast wealth and many works of art, called Petronius fortunate.

    Quo Vadis: a narrative of the time of Nero

  • Latin -- not merely Leigh's mock-classic verses, but efforts of a higher humour and a purer kind, such, among many more, as the "Petronius," and the clever interlinear burlesque translations of Horace which came from the pen of H.A. Kennedy.

    The History of "Punch"

  • "Petronius," said he, "the people murmur; but if I take my lute and go to the Campus Martius, if I sing that song to them which I sang during the conflagration, dost thou not think that I will move them, as Orpheus moved wild beasts?"

    Quo Vadis: a narrative of the time of Nero

  • I set aside the brave and exemplary efforts produced by philosophy and religion; but, amongst men of little mark there have been found some, such as Petronius and

    The Essays of Montaigne — Complete

  • My name is, quite simply, in reference to the Petronius quote, “Moderation in all things, including moderation.”

    Think Progress » IRS building in Utah evacuated, two employees taken out on stretchers after reports of white powder.

  • Neil MuirShrewsbury• I wonder whether our political leaders have studied the words of Petronius in 200BCE Editorial, 21 February: "Reorganisation is a wonderful method for creating the illusion of progress, while producing confusion, inefficiency and demoralisation."

    Letters: More Danish yarns

  • On the very same day I found books by Thoreau, Petronius, and Bernard Shaw, each for same unprincely price.

    Whitehead and the modern word

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