What are the virtues and values in this Rome of The Satyricon?

Virtues and values in the Rome of The Satyricon are notable by their absence. This is a society in which the headlong pursuit of pleasure is the governing principle. The upper classes of Rome depicted in the story lead lives of hedonistic excess, openly displaying contempt for the very idea of virtue. In such a society there are no values to speak of. Instead, rampant selfishness and immorality are very much the order of the day.

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Anyone looking for signs of virtue in The Satyricon is liable to be disappointed. The society depicted in the story is characterized by the pursuit of excess and self-indulgence. Taking their cue from the Emperor Nero, the elite members of Roman society act like unashamed hedonists, who eat, drink, and be merry with no thought for the next morn.

All the old values traditionally associated with Romans—asceticism, a sense of duty, patriotism—have gone out of the window as the upper classes play a never-ending game...

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