The Wrath of the Gods: Surviving the Pandemic with Petronius, Fitzgerald, and Eliot

By Ted Scheinman THE ERA OF COVID has prompted many strange adjustments, new obsessions, fresh habits, or a slippage back into old ones. My most bookish COVID obsession has been revisiting the Latin texts of my grad school years, especially Petronius, courtier to Nero and author of the Satyricon. For a long time, I wasn’t entirely sure why the Satyricon was exerting such a special pull on me; I just knew that it was perhaps the only book that reliably made me laugh out loud, even when I was at my lowest and gloomiest, despairing about the gray life of quarantine or depressed to … Continue reading The Wrath of the Gods: Surviving the Pandemic with Petronius, Fitzgerald, and Eliot