Petronius in Roman Biography
Pe-tro'nI-us, [Fr. Petrone, pi'tRon',] or, more fully,
Petro'nius Ar'biter, a licentious Latin writer, supposed
to have lived in the reign of Nero. He described
the vices of his time in a satire or novel, in mingled
prose and verse, entitled "Satyricon," fragments of
which are extant. His
is classical, and the work
displays much talent, but is extremely licentious. The
author of this is supposed to be identical with Petronius,
a refined voluptuary who figured at the court of Nero as
arbiter elegantia, (umpire of fashion and taste,) and who
killed himself in 66 A.D.
Annales," book xvi. : J. C. von Orei.i.i, "Lectiones
Petronianae." 1836; Dunlop,
History of Fiction;"