Name: "Satyricon"

Date:  0 - 1000

Location:  Europe

SubjectExplicit Sexuality


Artist: Pretonius, Gaius (d.c. A.D. 66)

Confronting Bodies: City of Westminster in London

Date of Action: 1934

Specific Location: London, England

Description of Artwork: "Satyricon": Comic, picaresque romance that relates the wanderings and escapades of a disreputable trio of adventurers. Surviving portions probably represent about one tenth of the complete work. The longest and best episode of the "Satyricon" is the one so-called Cena Trimalchionis, a description of a dinner party given by Trimalchionis that is distinguished by two features: extraordinary realism and the figure of Trimalchionis.

Description of Incident: 1934 England-London : This comic satire on Roman life in the time of Nero, under whom Petronius served as a consul and "arbiter" of the public entertainment, survives as a fragment. According to one authority (Donald Thomas, "A Long Time Burning"), the first English translation to get in trouble was a modern one.

Results of Incident: 1934 England-London : The book was ordered destroyed by the police court of the City of Westminster.

Source: Banned Books 387 B.C. to 1978 A.D., by Anne Lyon Haight, and Chandler B. Grannis, R.R. Bowker Co, 1978.

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