A History Of Latin Literature From Ennius To Boethius Volume 2

Paperback | February 9, 2012

byGeorge Augustus Simcox

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated.1883 Excerpt: ... CHAPTER IV. MARTIAL. Martial's career is one of the best known and the most instructive in the history of Roman literature. He came to Rome when Seneca and Gallio were still able to keep up the hospitality of the Annaei, for he reminds a quasi-patron that he had chosen to trust him instead of them. He spent apparently the first sixteen or seventeen years of his sojourn in Rome ingloriously, though several of his epigrams, and those among the best, have the look of being inspired by these early years. When Domitian came forward to inaugurate a new Augustan era, he came forward as a poet: he received about the degree of encouragement that was due to him. Domitian gave him some cheap privileges, such as the rights of a father of three children, and conferred citizenship upon a good many persons recommended by the poet, who of course got paid for the recommendation. Martial had presents from other patrons, and he managed to get a piece of land within a short drive of Rome to spend his summers in: perhaps one of his patrons reflected that a little outlay once for all would discharge him from the obligation of ever taking his friend to the Campanian coast again. He even was able to set up a team of mules of his own to take him to and fro, and soon found that his possessions cost more than they were worth. He enjoyed himself rather at the expense of his respectability, and at last his acquaintances found that he would never do anything of a kind to bring them credit, and decided to leave him to his own devices. The presents he received got less and less valuable, and, on the other hand, he emancipated himself more and more from the barren duties of a retainer, and at last he emancipated himself altogether, and went home to Bilbilis, where, as might be expected, he...

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated.1883 Excerpt: ... CHAPTER IV. MARTIAL. Martial's career is one of the best known and the most instructive in the history of Roman literature. He c...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:166 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.35 inPublished:February 9, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:021767187X

ISBN - 13:9780217671873

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