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Petronius

[pi-troh-nee-uh s] /pɪˈtroʊ ni əs/
noun
1.
Gaius
[gey-uh s] /ˈgeɪ əs/ (Show IPA),
(Gaius Petronius Arbiter"Arbiter Elegantiae") died a.d. 66? Roman satirist.
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  • Petronius used to be suggestive, but even he has long ago exhausted his inventiveness.

    Darkness and Dawn Frederic W. Farrar
  • He studiously prevented any other individual from becoming the Petronius of the circle.

    The Young Duke Benjamin Disraeli
  • Petronius wrote me to have care of thee; and since Pomponia too wrote, as thou knowest, maybe they had an understanding.

    Quo Vadis Henryk Sienkiewicz
  • Amongst the small boys he ranked as the Petronius of the Lower School.

    The Hill Horace Annesley Vachell
  • But Petronius loved elegance, and did not care for quarrels, and he tried to turn the conversation from unpleasant subjects.

    Darkness and Dawn Frederic W. Farrar
  • And he did not even feel that Petronius covered his head that moment with the toga.

  • Petronius anticipated his inevitable fate by committing suicide.

  • And thus did Aristobulus, and the rest with him, supplicate Petronius.

    The Antiquities of the Jews Flavius Josephus
  • She is dull; but if Petronius were to give her to me, I would take her.

    Quo Vadis Henryk Sienkiewicz
  • And by this means Petronius escaped that danger of death, which he could not foresee.

    The Antiquities of the Jews Flavius Josephus
British Dictionary definitions for Petronius

Petronius

/pɪˈtrəʊnɪəs/
noun
1.
Gaius (ˈɡaɪəs), known as Petronius Arbiter. died 66 ad, Roman satirist, supposed author of the Satyricon, a picaresque account of the licentiousness of contemporary society
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