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- Petronius, Gaius Known as "Petronius Arbiter.” Died A.D. 66. Roman courtier who is credited with writing the Satyricon.
- n. Roman satirist (died in 66)
“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.”
“You hated the idea of Petronius and Maia growing close.”
“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.”
“For this cause other Augustians, who had lost their houses and in them vast wealth and many works of art, called Petronius fortunate.”
“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.”
“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?”
“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”
“My name is, quite simply, in reference to the Petronius quote, “Moderation in all things, including moderation.””
“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.”
“On the very same day I found books by Thoreau, Petronius, and Bernard Shaw, each for same unprincely price.”
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