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MAZZILLI, Claudia. Dedalo e Pigmalione: la parodia dell' ékphrasis nel Satyricon. Argos [online]. 2011, vol.34, n.1, pp.31-53. ISSN 1853-6379.

In the Cena, Daedalus' gastronomical sculptures allude to the archetype of the artist and emphasize the mímesis as aesthetics of freedmen. In Sat. 126, Polyaenus admires Circe like a statue: this ékphrasis, modelled on Ovidian sources, hints at Pygmalion, the artist who creates images free from reality impurities (Met. 10. 238-297). His art is not anti-naturalistic; the dissimulatio artis ensures the verisimilitude: Circe is more genuine than Polyaenus, whose beauty is sophisticated. Petronius confuses ironically or overturns art and nature: while in the Cena he aims at a social characterization, here everything is uncertain between realism and literary fiction.

Keywords : Mímesis; Archetype of artist; Ékphrasis; Dissimulatio artis; Ovidian allusions.

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