Seeking to contribute to the research on translations of Greco-Roman classical works and to their reception in our literature, this project proposes to study and disclose the translation of Satyricon, by Petronius, prosecuted by the poet Paulo Leminski. It can be verified by reading his biography, as well as it can be perceived among his works' themes, that the author was a connoisseur and disseminator of Latin language and literature. This ancient language was initially studied by Leminski at São Bento monastery, in the city of São Paulo, when he was thirteen years old, and it was an important creative source revisited and rethought throughout his literary career. In addition to translations performed directly from Latin, as Ode I, 11, by Horace (1984), and Satyricon, by Petronius (1987), the contact with Latin literary texts can be found in works like Metaformose and Catatau, which we analyzed during the Scientific Initiation. This work is based upon the confrontation between the Latin text and Leminski's translation, and it strives to provide a study of the Petronian novel reception in the contemporary Brazilian literature, which finds in Leminski one of its exponents. Hence, by allying knowledge in Latin language to Translation History, our proposal seeks to reveal the importance of literature of antiquity in Portuguese literature, with an example of his reception.
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