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Gaius Petronius Arbiter (c. 27 – 66 AD) was a Roman courtier during the reign of Nero. He is generally believed to be the author of the Satyricon, a satirical novel believed to have been written during the Neronian era.

Tacitus, Plutarch and Pliny the Elder describe Petronius as the elegantiae arbiter (also phrased arbiter elegantiarum), "judge of elegance" in the court of the emperor ... more »

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  • Let us together closely lie, and kisse,
    There is no labour, nor no shame in this;
    This hath pleas'd, doth please, and long will please; never
    Can this decay, but is beginning ever...
    Petronius Arbiter (d.A.D. 66), Roman poet (Caius Petronius Arbiter). Doing, a Filthy Pleasure Is, and Short (l. 7-10). . . Oxford Book of Short Po...
  • ''Doing, a filthy pleasure is, and short;
    And done, we straight repent us of the sport:
    Let us not then rush blindly on unto it,
    Like lustfull beasts, that onely know to doe it:''
    Petronius Arbiter (d.A.D. 66), Roman poet (Caius Petronius Arbiter). Doing, a Filthy Pleasure Is, and Short (l. 1-4). NAWM-1. Oxford Book of Short...
  • ''He has gone over to the majority.''
    Petronius Arbiter (d.A.D. 66), Roman satirist. Satyricon, sct. 42.
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