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Gaius Petronius Arbiter (; Classical Latin: [ˈɡaː.i.ʊs pɛˈt̪roː.ni.ʊs ˈar.bɪ.t̪ɛr]; c. AD 27 – 66; sometimes Titus Petronius Niger) was a Roman courtier during the reign of Nero. He is generally believed to be the author of the Satyricon, a satirical novel believed to have been written during the Neronian era (54–68 AD). Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Petronius has received more than 680,840 page views. His biography is available in 51 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 50 in 2019). Petronius is the 175th most popular writer (down from 165th in 2019), the 214th most popular biography from France (down from 184th in 2019) and the 35th most popular French Writer.

Petronius was a Roman author and arbiter of taste who wrote the Satyricon, a satire on the excesses of Nero's court.

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Among writers, Petronius ranks 175 out of 5,755Before him are Frank Herbert, Janusz Korczak, Stanisław Lem, Abu Nuwas, Karel Čapek, and J. D. Salinger. After him are Lope de Vega, Diogenes Laërtius, Dale Carnegie, Constantine VII, John the Evangelist, and Juvenal.

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Among people born in 27, Petronius ranks 1After him is Wang Chong. Among people deceased in 66, Petronius ranks 2Before him is Paul the Apostle. After him are Annas, Claudia Antonia, and Publius Clodius Thrasea Paetus.

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In France

Among people born in France, Petronius ranks 214 out of 6,011Before him are Charles IV of France (1294), Saint Roch (1295), Pope Innocent VI (1282), Marie Thérèse of France (1778), Gustave Doré (1832), and John II of France (1319). After him are Pope Benedict XII (1280), Jean-Baptiste Colbert (1619), François Hollande (1954), Françoise d'Aubigné, Marquise de Maintenon (1635), Nicolas Sarkozy (1955), and Philip V of France (1293).

Among WRITERS In France

Among writers born in France, Petronius ranks 35Before him are Alexandre Dumas fils (1824), Jean Cocteau (1889), Guy de Maupassant (1850), Charles Baudelaire (1821), André Breton (1896), and Jean Racine (1639). After him are François-René de Chateaubriand (1768), Stéphane Mallarmé (1842), Colette (1873), Pierre Corneille (1606), Maurice Leblanc (1864), and Louis-Ferdinand Céline (1894).