Petronius (Petronius Niger, Arbiter), Satyrica
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A. Author and work

Controversy over the biography of Petronius, traditionally identified as Petronius Niger (Arbiter), seems to have been resolved with the general consensus that the author of the Latin Satyrica (Sat.) is identical to the mysterious P. described by the historian Tacitus in his Annales (16,18f.). Other (mostly older) scholarly views date him either to the period of Augustus (Mommsen [40]), the reign of Tiberius (Bücheier) or between AD 180 and 270 (i.a. Marmorale, Niebuhr [37]…

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Landolfi, Luciano, “Petronius (Petronius Niger, Arbiter), Satyrica”, in: Brill’s New Pauly Supplements I - Volume 5 : The Reception of Classical Literature, English edition by Matthijs H. Wibier (2012). Original German-language edition: Die Rezeption der antiken Literatur. Herausgegeben von Christine Walde in Verbindung mit Brigitte Egger. Serie: Der Neue Pauly Supplemente 1. Staffel, herausgegeben von Hubert Cancik, Manfred Landfester und Helmuth Schneider, Band 7. Stuttgart, Germany. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH (2010). Consulted online on 22 February 2019 <>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: 9789004218932, 20101111

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