A Martial Reader: Selections from the Epigramsby Craig Williams
Martial's more than 1,500 epigrams, published in fifteen books over several decades, have long been valued for the richly varied glimpses they give into the urban landscape in which the comfortable upper classes of Roman society lived at the end of the first century ce. From public bathhouses, latrines, and brothels to private dinner parties with lavish foods and… See more details below
Martial's more than 1,500 epigrams, published in fifteen books over several decades, have long been valued for the richly varied glimpses they give into the urban landscape in which the comfortable upper classes of Roman society lived at the end of the first century ce. From public bathhouses, latrines, and brothels to private dinner parties with lavish foods and wines, from the amphitheater's violent entertainment and the use and abuse of slaves to coddled lapdogs and parrots who spontaneously exclaim ''Hail Caesar!''-all are subjected to Martial's observant eye and witty, sometimes biting commentary. The poems in this volume range from gossip and crude jokes to lofty celebrations of brotherly love and reflections on what makes life livable, illustrating the kaleidoscopic array that is the hallmark of Martial's work.
* Introduction to Martial's life and the literary and historical context of his poetry
* 99 epigrams (559 lines of unadapted Latin text) selected from every book of Martial's corpus: Liber spectaculorum: 1, 2, 7; Book 1: 1-3, 6, 10, 13, 15-16, 20, 24, 32-37, 47, 72, 93, 109-110, 118; Book 2: 5, 11, 18-23, 26, 28, 30, 37, 44, 62, 80, 82; Book 3: 1, 27, 43; Book 4: 24, 56; Book 5: 58, 81, 83; Book 6: 1, 34; Book 7: 5, 10, 14; Book 8: 12, 17, 23, 55; Book 9: Praefatio, 15, 70; Book 10: 4, 8, 47; Book 11: 13-15, 70, 77; Book 12: 3, 20, 23, 68, 90-93; Book 13 (Xenia): 3-4, 14, 29, 63, 74, 82, 108; Book 14 (Apophoreta): 73, 134, 188-191, 194-195, 198-200, 203-205
* Notes at the back and complete vocabulary
* Two maps and five illustrations
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Craig Williams holds a BA and PhD in Classical Languages and Literatures from Yale University and is Professor of Classics at Brooklyn College and the Graduate Center, City University of New York. He is the author of Roman Homosexuality (2nd edition, Oxford 2010), Martial, Epigrams: Book Two. Introduction, Text, Translation and Commentary (Oxford 2004), Reading Roman Friendship (Cambridge, forthcoming), and numerous articles on Latin poetry and Roman culture. Thanks to several research fellowships from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, Williams has been visiting scholar at the Freie Universitat and the Humboldt-Universitat in Berlin, Germany. In 2006 he was awarded the Leonard and Claire Tow Endowed Professorship at Brooklyn College.
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