The Roman poet Gaius Petronius Arbiter (14-66) wrote this 20-volume only in fragments surviving novel. In it a witty-realistic, partly grotesque moral portrait of the social conditions in the Rome of the first century is described. The protagonist and narrator is an educated, eclectic young man named Encolpius, who travels all over southern Italy.
Between many erotic-amorous adventures with persons of both sexes and many rascal pranks, he will be on his trip in the coastal town of Puteoli (today's Pozzuoli). Here he participates with his companion Giton, his friend Ascyltos and the rhetorician Agamemnon in a very lavish and remarkable banquet of the newly rich and illiterate multimillionaire Trimalchio (a wine merchant).