27 A.D – He was a noted satirist born this year. He is identified with Gaius Petronius Arbiter, but the manuscript text of the Satyricon calls him Titus Petronius.
54 A.D – Nero had become emperor in this year, and his interest in theater and luxury led him to appoint a courtier named Petronius (praenomen probably Titus or possibly Gaius) as his Arbiter elegantiae or judge of elegance.
61 A.D – Nero was capricious, however, and his favor was uncertain; the jealousy of a rival led to Petroniu’s downfall. He fled to Cumae before Nero’s cronies caught up with him. There he wrote out a full description of the emperor’s many debaucheries and crimes, entertained his friends, and broke his signet ring to avoid its being used to endanger others.
66 A.D – Petronius then opened his veins and bled to death in this year, evading Nero through suicide. His most famous work, "The Satyricon" was not published until 1664.