Martial: Select Epigrams / Edition 1

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Overview

Ninety poems by Martial, the first-century a.d. epigrammatist, are presented, with commentary, in this edition. Selected on the basis of their thematic importance, these concise poems provide an unique opportunity to interpret a significantly neglected author. The book considers the sociocultural and historical matrix from which the epigrams sprang and the Roman love of personal invective which sustains and enlivens a major portion of Martial's work.

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"...an important contribution to the interpretation of Martial's works...This anthology will certainly be of great help for our understanding of the epigrams and inspire further research." BMCR
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521555395
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 7/1/2003
  • Series: Cambridge Greek and Latin Classics Series
  • Edition description: Bilingual
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 388
  • Product dimensions: 4.84 (w) x 7.32 (h) x 0.87 (d)

Meet the Author

Lindsay Watson is Senior Lecturer in Classics at the University of Sydney and the author of Arae: The Curse Poetry of Antiquity (1991).

Patricia Watson is Senior Lecturer in Classics at the University of Sydney and author of Ancient Stepmothers: Myth, Misogyny and Reality (1995).

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Table of Contents

Preface; Abbreviations; Introduction; Select epigrams; 1. Martial and poetry; 2. Poet and patron; 3. Martial and the city of Rome; 4. Women; 5. Sexual mores; 6. Satirical epigrams; 7. Epideictic epigrams; 8. Funerary epigrams; Commentary; Bibliography; Indexes.

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