Books: Gutter Odyssey

THE SATYRICON OF PETRONIUS (218 pp.) —Translafed by William Arrowsmith—University of Michigan ($3.95).

The study of Latin offers two great rewards among others: in the first year the student learns to decipher dates on cornerstones, and in the seventh or eighth, if he is clever, he is able to read the Satyricon. The randy classic, which deals with a kind of conjugation untouched by grammars, has been nibbled at on the sly by headmasters and bishops; one old Etonian boasted that he had four editions and thought it "rather a gesture'' to keep his...

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