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'I blush to say what happened next.' A satirical portrait of a drunken, orgiastic Roman banquet, hosted by the grossly ostentatious Trimalchio. Introducing Little Black Classics: 80 books for Penguin's 80th birthday. Little Black Classics celebrate the huge range and diversity of Penguin Classics, with books from around the world and across many centuries. They take us fro'I blush to say what happened next.' A satirical portrait of a drunken, orgiastic Roman banquet, hosted by the grossly ostentatious Trimalchio. Introducing Little Black Classics: 80 books for Penguin's 80th birthday. Little Black Classics celebrate the huge range and diversity of Penguin Classics, with books from around the world and across many centuries. They take us from a balloon ride over Victorian London to a garden of blossom in Japan, from Tierra del Fuego to 16th-century California and the Russian steppe. Here are stories lyrical and savage; poems epic and intimate; essays satirical and inspirational; and ideas that have shaped the lives of millions. Titus Petronius Arbiter (1st century BCE-c.66 CE). Petronius's The Satyricon is also available in Penguin Classics....

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Trimalchio's Feast Reviews

  • Peter
    2018-11-12 12:09

    What could be a wonderful book is marred by a truly horrible translation. A typical translation from 1965 with no thought for the source material, accents from cockney London through Yorkshire with a stopoff in the 17th century, spiced with jazzy sixties terms an swearing.LISTEN UP PENGUIN IT'S TIME TO UPDATE THE TRANSLATION OF THIS CLASSIC.

  • Fede
    2018-12-13 06:24

    The Satyricon is one of the strangest and funniest output of the Latin literature.Funny, irreverent, satirical, it really is a book that can make the reader revalue the Latin world, with its memorable novels and characters.Highly recommended.

  • Marjolein
    2018-11-13 07:14

    Full review to come!

  • Joey Woolfardis
    2018-11-19 05:04

    Petronius, a first-century courtier is believed to be the author of The Satyricon of which this segment is taken from. As a whole it concerns Encolpius the narrator and his young lover Gidon as they adventure through the lowest and highest parts of Roman society. Sadly, The Satyricon does not exist as a complete novel, but as a fractured remains of a mixture of prose and poetry. Trimalchio's Feast is a bawdy, drunken affair with men, food, slaves and a great deal of sexism. It is hilarious at points and also typical of the male kind of writing that we are used to: men being men with woman following after them with the bucket. An important piece of early writing, especially about the lower classes during the Roman Empire, but emphatically patriarchal.Blog | Instagram | Twitter | Pinterest | Shop | Etsy

  • JK
    2018-11-15 05:12

    Petronius writes the story of Trimalchio, an ex-slave whose life's ambition is to prove his wealth and exuberance. We're shown him hosting a feast of such luxury that his guests struggle to comprehend the food they're eating, the sights they're seeing, and the decadent scenes unfolding around them.As feasts were common in Ancient Rome for displaying the host's power and wealth, Trimalchio goes to great lengths to display both. Petronius satirises this heavily, showing him to have shallowness of knowledge, taste, and morals. His vanity impacts his ability to quote mythology, and Petronius does well (perhaps blindingly so) to make us aware of his smoke and mirrors approach.Strangely entertaining, but with no real plotline, Trimalchio's Feast is worthwhile for a glimpse into Ancient Rome and it societal nuances.

  • Russio
    2018-11-16 06:22

    Fairly entertaining account of an opulent feast set in the house of a by turns muificent, by other turns psychotic host. Trots along entertainingly and even has the odd laugh to titilate. Wonderful to find such ribald stuff among the classics: gives the lie to ours as the enlightened age!

  • Anna
    2018-11-20 09:03

    Ik was gelukkig niet uitgenodigd.

  • royaevereads
    2018-12-05 07:19

    A satire for which I don't know quite enough about the context to really "get"... It's funny, but a bit to over exaggerated and in-your-face for my liking.

  • Yente Meyers
    2018-11-19 11:07

    This was truly a horrible translation of a masterpiece

  • Yumna M.Usmani
    2018-12-11 05:06

    Weirdly Entertaining!

  • Eleanor
    2018-11-25 11:58

    Like a lot of Penguin's Little Black Classics, this one gives you part of a much larger story, somewhat out of context, but in a way that's all to the good: you have to enter completely into the recounting of this outrageous party, thrown by a lonely, pompous, self-aggrandising Ancient Roman trillionaire. Having read this also gives me a better understanding of Fitzgerald's aims in writing The Great Gatsby: one of the titles he rejected for that book was Trimalchio At West Egg, and although I think Jay Gatsby is somewhat more self-aware than Petronius's Trimalchio, they're both engaged in the same desperate attempt to stave off mortality by surrounding themselves with people, noise, and luxury. A fun, pocket-sized read that can also take you down some dark alleys of thought, if you let it.

  • Jon
    2018-12-03 12:02

    Petronius is truly a pleasure to translate and the Cena is the most engaging part of the Satyricon. Trimalchio is a quite interesting character, whose odd behavior, ignorance, and gauche nature keep the reader entertained (and occasionally horrified). I avoided giving this edition five stars because I occasionally found Smith's commentary not completely helpful in my translation or analysis of the text.

  • Fromeggtodragon
    2018-11-21 11:24

    I had to read this book for my latin class, for my finals in June.And I hated every single page of it.It's vulgar, obscene and full of uninteresting content.I know it's supposed to be one of the first novels and therefore loved by everyone but honestly I couldn't. Wouldn't recommend it you guys.

  • Igor Custodio
    2018-12-09 05:24

    A tradução realmente não ajuda.

  • Rohit Gattani
    2018-12-10 08:55

    Probably lost in poor translation.

  • Mika Auramo
    2018-11-17 04:55

    Petronius Arbiterin (20–66 jaa.) Trimalkion pidot on ensimmäinen romaani, joka on säilynyt antiikin ajalta. Aikoinaan Anatolian kreikkalaisissa rannikkokaupungeissa sepitettiin eroottisia novelleja, joita kutsuttiin miletolaisiksi kertomuksiksi. Roomassa proosamuotoiset pakinat tulivat kirjallisuuteen esim. Markus Terentiuksen kynäilemänä ensimmäisellä vuosisadalla ennen ajanlaskun alkua. Keisari Neron hovikirjailijan parikymmenosaisesta satiirimaisesta veijariromaanista on säilynyt tämän kirjan lisäksi säilynyt vain muutamia katkelmia sieltä täältä. Kirjan tapahtumat sijoittuvat nykyisen Napolin tienoille upporikkaan nousukkaan ja typeryksen Trimalkion ällistyttäville kekkereille. Siellä esitetään mielikuvituksellisia sirkustemppuja, juopotellaan, riidellään, mässäillään senaikaisilla herkuilla, kuten täytetyillä sian utareilla ja lihavalla emakolla, ja osa juhlaruoasta tarjoillaan antiikin Kreikan myyttien siivittäminä draamoina.Kertojana toimii Enkolpius-niminen miehenköriläs, joka hämmästyneenä seuraa isäntänsä satumaista pröystäilyä. Hänen kaverinsa, niin ikään kreikkalaiselta vaikuttava, Agamemnon on puhetaidon opettaja ja kanssaihmettelijä istuvat samassa kolmen hengen divaaneilla ympäröityjen pöytien ääressä syömingeissä.Romaani ei jää pelkästään koomisten tapahtumien sikermäksi, vaan se kehittyy monitahoiseksi satiiriseksi aikalaiskuvaukseksi. Siinä kritiikkiä saavat niin kreikkalaiset kuin itsekeskeiset nousukkaatkin. Tarinassa on monia sisäkkäiskertomuksia ja edelleen nykylukijankin mielestä sujuvia ja onnistuneita luonnekuvauksia – kaikenlaisesta ivallisesta liioittelusta huolimatta.Kirjassa on pituutta 85 sivua, ja sitä seuraa Edvin Linkomiehen laatima Petroniuksen ja hänen tuotantonsa esittely. Lopuksi on vielä monikymmensivuinen romaanissa käytettyjen sanojen ja käsitteiden selitykset. Näin kirja avautuu lukijalle hyvin, ja yhtymäkohdat nykyajan sivistymättömiin nousukkaisiin ovat ilmeisiä vielä nykyäänkin.

  • Prema Arasu
    2018-12-13 06:17

    For the Romans, banquets were the ultimate display of wealth, power and good taste. They would involve elaborate feasts in one's own home, with elaborate feasts, entertainment, drink and dem slave boys. Otherwise known as The Banquet of Trimalchio, Trimalchio's Feast is an extant section of the Roman writer Petronius' Satyricon. Trimalchio is an ex-slave who throws an ostentatious banquet in the style of the aristocratic class that he wishes to be part of. Petronius uses this setting to satirise the aspiring freedmen of Roman society, in which transcending class boundaries was uncommon but not impossible. Slaves, if they were skilled and gained favour with their masters, could be freed but would never truly achieve the sophistication of the upper class no matter their wealth, or so Petronius thinks.Knowledge of Greek myth was considered a sign of good breeding and education within Roman society. Trimalchio describes the myths depicted on his silverware and decorations, mistakenly mixing names and writers as if he had speed-read the ancient texts in preparation for impressing his guests. He shows off his possessions and slaves in a similar manner.This is a logical addition to the Little Black Classics, firstly because the whole text does not exist and therefore can't be published as part of a larger work, and secondly because banquets were a major part of Ancient Roman culture.

  • Sugarfree
    2018-12-12 13:03

    This is really not a book for entertaining. I give it three because I can clearly see it's historical and cultural value. It is full of every kind of little details which tell's us about the local Ancient Roman persons lifestyle. So in that way it's very unique and more valuable than you can measure in money. It's like Colosseum or Pyramids something we are lucky to have and can't replace in any way. But is it really entertaining? Not really. It's beautiful to watch and fascinating but as a book and story it's very boring. It tells about dinner party where people are talking and eating and there is not really a plot line. Without added comments and explanations of the translator, you wouldn't really get anything out of it. But if you read those, it's fascinating to see how Ancient Roman society worked.

  • Chris Linehan
    2018-11-23 08:24

    Meh. It's humorous and an easy read. It's worth reading if you like satire. I have two issues with this particular book that rendered my two star status (which would have been 2.5 stars but for the lack of half star rankings on goodreads). My first issue is that unlike some of the other 80p Penguin Classics I've read I have no context for Petronius. I've never read The Satyricon so I didn't have the pretext for this book as I have had with others and so that's on me. The second, and bigger issue I have with it is the bluntness of the satire. I like a bit more subtlety in my skewering. But, that said its a good little book and I've put the entire book on my to read list.

  • Megan
    2018-11-12 11:55

    - links to Gatsby/class (social mobility)- power and money --> cruelty and arrogance (e.g. treatment of the slaves)- context - growing wealth and excess in society at the expense of moral integrity is epitomised by the feast which becomes disgusting. Also the stuffed food/things made out of food = artifice and veneer- Ganymede reveals the social inequalities and poverty in this society in contrast to the hideously ostentatious consumption of the party- ends with his mock funeral - sense of ephemerality and futility underscores hedonism of the party

  • Daren
    2018-11-22 06:07

    An Excerpt from The Satyricon, published as a Penguin Little Black Classic.Other reviewers have pointed to the 1965 translation as being dated and awkward. This books certainly reads more awkwardly than it needed to.A satire of a decadent Roman feast - it had the potential to be over the top in its description of the food, the wine, the debauchery, to be colourful and extravagant, bawdy and exciting.For me it fell short of the mark. Perhaps the translation, but I am not sure.

  • Suman
    2018-11-24 07:09

    I would usually not review this book because a) I read it for class and I generally only review things I've read on my own and b) it's not in English. But this book is wonderful and anyone who gets a chance to translate it should.

  • Roisin
    2018-11-24 12:55

    This is an excerpt from the Satyricon by Petronius and I have read this before but a different translation and it is a wild, bawdy, hilarious romp. I'm not a massive fan of Penguin Classic translations and some of the words used were just annoying. Do read it but look for a different translation.

  • Natasha
    2018-11-13 05:10

    I read the English version of this, "Dinner with Trimalchio", from my Norton Anthology of World Masterpieces. It is an Epicurean feast of appetites. The ending is a little unsettling as the fleeting nature of the worldly pleasures of life are contrasted against death and destruction.

  • Alexandra
    2018-12-10 09:57

    A hilarious scene marred by a (what I assume to be) horrible translation. The phrasing didn't work for the setting, historically-speaking, but at least hinted at the possible authorial intention. I'd read the full The Satyricon under a different translator though.

  • Maggie Hesseling
    2018-11-26 12:16

    I didnt expect this to be so funny. In my experience, the humor of these old texts are either lost in translation or in a frame of refernece we no longer understand. However, this wonderful snippit of The Satyricon os not only readable, but very pleasantly so.

  • Liz Janet
    2018-12-08 08:06

    "I blush to say what happened next." A selection of the Stayricon, that might make you want to read all of it, or completely ignore it. 

  • Bm
    2018-12-07 13:05

    Interesting to see Roman times being satirised but not much else to be said here really.

  • Michael Arnold
    2018-12-05 05:13

    Trimalchio lad. This was a lot of fun. And it was an interesting view into Roman life from the perspective of a Roman. I'll have to read the full thing some day, though I don't know when exactly.

  • Beverly Cooper
    2018-11-26 09:08

    Ah, those Roman's at dinner time...