Nihil ex his quae in usu habemus: The Meaning of Learning in the Satyricon of Petronius Public Deposited

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  • February 27, 2019
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  • Wilson, Philip
    • Affiliation: College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Classics
Abstract
  • In this thesis, I examine the three dominant literary influences on Petronius' Satyricon and argue that his engagement with them is not merely literary play but instead a cohesive statement about the purpose of education under Nero. By drawing on key scenes and tropes from Homer, Plato, and Roman rhetoric, Petronius prods his readers to expect certain conclusions about classical learning only to drastically undercut those conclusions and lampoon their irrelevance in his narrative world.
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  • Funding: Class of 1938 Fellowship
  • Funding: Tom and Elizabeth Long Excellence Fund for Honors
Advisor
  • James, Sharon
Degree
  • Bachelor of Arts
Academic concentration
  • Classics
Honors level
  • Honors
Degree granting institution
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Graduation year
  • 2018
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  • English
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