Epigrams - Spectacles

ISBN-10: 0674995554

ISBN-13: 9780674995550

Edition: 1993

Authors: D. R. Shackleton Bailey, Martial

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Written to celebrate the A.D. 80 opening of the Roman Colosseum, Martial's first book of poems, "On the Spectacles," tells of the shows in the new arena. The great Latin epigrammist's twelve subsequent books capture the spirit of Roman life in vivid detail. Fortune hunters and busybodies, orators and lawyers, schoolmasters and acrobats, doctors and plagiarists, beautiful slaves and generous hosts populate his witty verses. We glimpse here the theater, public games, life in the countryside, banquets, lions in the amphitheater, the eruption of Vesuvius. Martial's epigrams are sometimes obscene, sometimes affectionate and amusing, and always pointed. Like his contemporary Statius, though, Martial shamelessly flatters his patron Domitian, one of Rome's worst-reputed emperors. Shackleton Bailey's translation of Martial's often difficult Latin eliminates many misunderstandings in previous versions. The text is mainly that of his highly praised Teubner edition of 1990 ("greatly superior to its predecessors," R. G. M. Nisbet wrote in Classical Review). These volumes replace the earlier Loeb edition with translation by Walter C. A. Ker (1919).
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Book details

List price: $26.00
Copyright year: 1993
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publication date: 1/1/1993
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 434
Size: 4.50" wide x 6.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.638
Language: English

D. R. Shackleton Bailey was Pope Professor of Latin Language and Literature, Harvard University.

Introduction
Abbreviations
Epigrams On The Spectacles
Book I
Book II
Book III
Book IV
Book V
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