Petronius Study Guide
What are the moral codes or suitable kinds of behaviors in Petronius'
How does this work mock the genre of epic by making fun of the
traditional epic themes and the style of epic?
What role do literature and education play in Petronius' world?
What kinds of sexual behavior does ancient Roman society presume is
"normal" or "good"? Does Petronius connect deviant sexuality with
What aspects of Petronius' Satyricon most closely resemble comedy?
How do you assesss whether the characters in the Satyricon who put
forward particular views are depicted as authoritative, or flawed, or
Why is food so important as a theme in the dinner of Tirmalchio? What
do the characters say about the food and do you think that there is a
connection between the comments about food and other major societal
Do you think that Petronius is trying to satirize the myth of the
"self-made man" with his portrayal of Trimalchio?