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The Satyricon

Nicholas Boulton

Indulge in the ribald and hilarious world of The Satyricon, a remarkable document from ancient Rome. Petronius' tale follows the adventures of Encolpius, a man driven by his desires as he immerses himself in Roman pleasures. Experience decadent banquets, passionate encounters, and hilarious misadventures. Nicholas Boulton's expert narration brings the story to life, capturing the essence of each character. This audiobook offers a captivating glimpse into the everyday lives of Romans, with classical references and dry humor adding depth to the narrative. Published by Ukemi Audiobooks, this engaging journey into ancient Rome is a must-listen for literature and history enthusiasts alike.

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From the depths of ancient Rome comes a tale so libidinous and licentious, it will leave you roaring with laughter. The Satyricon, written by Petronius, is a remarkable document that transports us to a world of indulgence, pleasure, and escapades. Follow the protagonist, Encolpius, as he embraces all of the delights the Roman lifestyle has to offer, from sumptuous feasts to passionate encounters. In this audiobook, expertly read by Nicholas Boulton, the Satyricon springs to life, taking you on a journey through the extravagant banquets, intense pleasures, and hilarious misadventures.

A Feast of Excess

One of the highlights of The Satyricon is the vivid description of the banquet at the house of Trimalchio. As you listen, you will be transported to a world of opulence and extravagance, where a never-ending array of dishes are presented to the diners, each more extravagant than the last. The imagery is so vivid that you can almost taste the delicacies and feel the decadence. And yet, even after indulging in such excess, the characters still find the energy to explore their passions in more intimate ways.

An Engaging Cast of Characters

Among the colorful characters Encolpius encounters on his journey is Eumolpus, a poet philosopher whose flamboyant and boisterous forays into epic poetry are met with both admiration and ridicule. Petronius brilliantly captures the essence of Roman low life, with women lusting after gladiators and muleteers, old men casting longing glances at young and attractive youths, and an elaborate ceremony to Priapus in a desperate attempt to revive lost vigor. Throughout the story, we are treated to delightful glimpses of classical references to poetry, history, and philosophy, peppered with dry humor and witty asides.

A Literary Masterpiece

While The Satyricon is undoubtedly a ribald and hilarious romp, it is also a work of literature that aims high. It offers a glimpse into the everyday lives of Romans, revealing their deepest desires, weaknesses, and follies. Although there are questions surrounding the author and the text, Petronius' storytelling ability shines through, making this tale a truly enjoyable experience for anyone open to a journey into the heart of ancient Rome.

About the Audiobook

Nicholas Boulton's enthralling reading of The Satyricon brings this ancient Roman delight to life. With his expert narration and engaging tone, Boulton captures the essence of each character and breathes life into Petronius' words. The audiobook opens with a fascinating introduction by Boulton, providing valuable insights into the work and its historical context. The translation by Alfred R. Allinson ensures that the wit and elegance of the original text are beautifully preserved. Published by Ukemi Audiobooks from W. F. Howes Ltd, this audiobook is a must-listen for anyone seeking a delightful and immersive journey into ancient Rome.

Additional Info

Book Name: The Satyricon
Book Format: AudiobookFormat
Authors: Petronius
Narrators: Nicholas Boulton
Genres: Literature & Fiction
Audiobook Length: 6H55M
Publisher: Ukemi Audiobooks from W. F. Howes Ltd
Language: english
Publish Date: 2017-07-06
Last Price: 14.95 USD

Frequently Asked Questions(FAQ)

What is The Satyricon?

The Satyricon is a document from ancient Rome, known for its ribald and humorous story.

Who is the main character of The Satyricon?

The main character of The Satyricon is Encolpius, a man with a passion for his lover Giton and a love for Roman pleasures.

What kind of hedonism is depicted in The Satyricon?

The Satyricon depicts a kind of hedonism found in Roman mosaics, with scenes of feasting, abundant sex, and escapades.

What is the feast at the house of Trimalchio?

The feast at the house of Trimalchio is an extraordinary account of a Roman banquet, with dish after dish presented to the diners who indulge in intense pleasures.

Who is Eumolpus in The Satyricon?

Eumolpus is a poet philosopher encountered by Encolpius, known for his extravagant journeys into epic poetry.

What is the writing style of The Satyricon?

The Satyricon is written in a style that combines classical references to poetry, history, and philosophy with dry, humorous asides.

Is The Satyricon suitable for all readers?

The Satyricon is not for the faint-hearted, but it is a delight from beginning to end.

Who is the writer of The Satyricon?

The writer of The Satyricon is Petronius.

What is the translation of The Satyricon?

The translation of The Satyricon used in the audiobook is by Alfred R. Allinson.

Who is the publisher of the audiobook version of The Satyricon?

The audiobook version of The Satyricon is published by Ukemi Audiobooks from W. F. Howes Ltd.


10 reviews for this audiobook
  • Em
    Emily 19-Sep-2023

    I was captivated by the vivid storytelling in The Satyricon. Petronius takes us on a wild, unpredictable journey through the Roman Empire. The narrator brought the characters to life, making it feel like I was right there with them. Highly recommended!

  • Mi
    Michael 25-Sep-2023

    The Satyricon is a fascinating portrayal of life in ancient Rome, filled with humor, satire, and unforgettable characters. The narrator's voice was engaging and kept me hooked from start to finish. I couldn't resist listening to it all in one sitting!

  • So
    Sophia 29-Sep-2023

    What a delightful audiobook! Petronius' witty writing combined with the excellent narration made The Satyricon an absolute joy to listen to. It's a perfect blend of entertainment and historical insight. Definitely a must-listen!

  • Da
    David 14-Oct-2023

    I thoroughly enjoyed The Satyricon. Petronius' clever storytelling and the narrator's fantastic delivery had me hooked right from the start. It offers a unique glimpse into ancient Roman society filled with decadence and intrigue. Highly recommended for history buffs!

  • Ol
    Olivia 18-Oct-2023

    I found The Satyricon to be a captivating audiobook. Petronius' vivid descriptions and the narrator's expressive voice painted a vivid picture of ancient Rome. The story had a perfect balance of humor, drama, and social commentary. Highly recommend giving it a listen!

  • Da
    Daniel 17-Nov-2023

    The Satyricon offers a fascinating and humorous glimpse into the Roman Empire. Petronius' sharp wit and the narrator's engaging performance made it an entertaining and educational listen. I highly recommend it to anyone interested in ancient Rome!

  • Je
    Jessica 29-Dec-2023

    I was pleasantly surprised by how engaging The Satyricon turned out to be. Petronius' storytelling skills are superb, and the narrator did a fantastic job of bringing the characters to life. Overall, a highly entertaining audiobook that I would definitely recommend!

  • Ma
    Matthew 26-Jan-2024

    The Satyricon is a true masterpiece. Petronius' writing style is both humorous and thought-provoking. The narrator's performance was exceptional, making it an absolute pleasure to listen to. I couldn't get enough of it!

  • Em
    Emma 22-Mar-2024

    The Satyricon is a delightful audiobook that perfectly captures the essence of ancient Rome. Petronius' storytelling is engrossing, and the narrator's voice adds an extra layer of depth to the characters. It's a must-listen for history enthusiasts!

  • Jo
    Joshua 24-May-2024

    I was thoroughly entertained by The Satyricon. Petronius' writing is full of wit and satire, making the story both hilarious and thought-provoking. The narrator's performance was top-notch, immersing me in the world of ancient Rome. Highly recommend!

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