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Martial The Unexpected Classic

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ISBN-10: 0521607035

ISBN-13: 9780521607032

Edition: 2004

Authors: J. P. Sullivan

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This is the first full-length study in English of the Roman poet Martial's life, poetry and politics, as well as of the survival of his fifteen books of epigrams and short poems from his death around AD 104 to the present. The subjects examined include his defence of epigram as an art form, his misogyny and obscenity, his style, wit and humour, and, not least, his imperial propaganda. The concluding part of the work examines his high reputation in the Renaissance and the later censorship and neglect of his work until comparatively recently. All the material is presented for a modern objective assessment of his achievement, without in any way disguising the unpleasant aspects of his genius,…    
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Book details

List price: $53.99
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 1/27/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 420
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.386

Martial�s life and times
Martial�s Apologia pro opere suo
The epigram tradition: Martial�s Greek and Latin models
The coherence of Martial�s themes
Martial�s sexual attitudes
Humanity and humour; imagery and wit
Survival and revival
Martial and the Greek epigram