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The Roman poet Gajus Petronius Arbiter (14-66) wrote this 20-volume novel, only fragments of which survive. It depicts a witty, realistic and sometimes grotesque picture of social conditions in first-century Rome. The main character and narrator is an educated, multi-talented young man named Encolpius, who travels all over lower Italy. Between many erotic-amorous adventures with people of both sexes and many roguish pranks, he is also taken to the coastal town of Puteoli (today's Pozzuoli in Campania) on his journey. Here, with his companion Giton, his friend Ascyltos and the rhetor Agamemnon, he attends a remarkable banquet hosted by the nouveau riche and illiterate multi-billionaire Trimalchio (a wine merchant)

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