Sounding downright jovial at times, Jonathan Keeble uses a classic aristocratic English delivery to portray Encolpius, the ex-gladiator and polished raconteur who narrates this satirical proto-novel. He leads the listener on a historically insightful, hilarious, thoroughly exotic, and erotically charged romp through a series of gay bordellos, opulent estates, detailed deviant sexual practices, and vulgar feasts in the time of Emperor Nero's Rome. Author Gaius Petronius's character sketches and comic dialogues can sound amazingly modern--think John Waters in a toga. SATYRICON will certainly be heard as a stinging comedy of manners, but there is also room to hear it as a 1,900-year-old "coming-out" declaration for ancient LGBTQ rights and recognition. Fascinating and anciently X-rated. B.P. © AudioFile 2019, Portland, Maine [Published: OCTOBER 2019]
Trade Ed. Naxos AudioBooks 2018
CD ISBN 9781781981269 $41.98 Six CDs
DD ISBN 9781781981276 $28.00
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