As long as life remains, there's hope; Thou rustic God, oh hear our prayer, Great Priapus, I thee invoke, Temper our arms to dare! Bawdy and sublime, coarse and elegant, decadent to the core and yet permeated with a peculiarly incent ancient mindset, The Satyricon by Gaius Petronius, Arbiter Elegantiae of the court of Nero, is a controversial work of Roman fiction. Each one will find what suits his taste, one thing is t for all, One gathers roses as his share, ather thorns enthrall. The Satyricon is a combination of prose and poetry, aphorisms and erotica. Only a few fragments remain of the grandiose original. Over the centuries a number of skillful forgeries were created to fill in the gaps, in an attempt to elucidate and sometimes surpass the sensual pleasures of the original. For who kws t the pleasures Venus gives? Who will t in a warm bed tease his members? Great Epicurus taught a truth that lives; Love and enjoy life! All the rest is embers.