Martial: Select Epigrams / Edition 1 available in Paperback
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- Cambridge University Press
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.
About 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).
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.