The identity of the author of The Satyricon was agreed upon in the late twentieth century, and very little is known about his life. Gaius Petronius was governor of Bithynia and later consul. He became a member of Nero’s inner circle, where he was known as Arbiter Elegantiae and became responsible for keeping the Emperor amused and entertained by creating new and “elegant” diversions. Denounced by the leader of Nero’s Praetorian Guard, he was detained at Cumae to await the Emperor’s pleasure. His strange suicide, the only event of his life for which an account survives, is described in the Annals (c. 119) of Tacitus.