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Adok-kapok, avagy egy sajátos adásvétel Petronius Satyriconjában
I Give and Get or a Special Business in Satyricon of Petronius

Author(s): Szilvia Nemes
Subject(s): History of Law, Other Language Literature, Theory of Literature
Published by: Akadémiai Kiadó
Keywords: Petronius; Satyricon; satire; Roman law; Latin legal language; law and literature; law as source of humour;

Summary/Abstract: The interaction between classical Latin literary language and Latin legal language developed by Roman iurisconsulti, is a less studied field standing on the border of Roman law and Latin literature, which conceals many unanswered questions. The emergence of legal terminology in classical Latin literature is apt to look to the non-lawyer like a strange phenomenon, which could become interesting to readers by its veiling and often dubious interpretability. This study deals with the role and function of legal terminology in the XII-XV chapters of Petronius’ Satyricon through an analysis of law-related facts. The scene at the forum reveals the true nature of Petronius’ intent, and also leaves a question to the reader. Whether the key to understand the situation lies within the rules and interpretations of Roman law, or we shall consider that it is merely the intention of the writer? There is a contrast between the precision of Roman legal terminology and the irony of Petronius, which exploits Latin legal language in purpose of creating a specific way of humour.

  • Issue Year: 59/2015
  • Issue No: 2
  • Page Range: 195-211
  • Page Count: 17
  • Language: Hungarian