Martials Epigrams Book Two

Hardcover | June 16, 2004

byCraig A. Williams

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This edition provides an English translation of and detailed commentary on the second book of epigrams published by the Latin poet Marcus Valerius Martialis. The past ten years have seen a resurgence of interest in Martial's writings. But contemporary readers are in particular need ofassistance when approaching these epigrams, and until now there has been no modern commentary dedicated to Book II. This new commentary carefully illuminates the allusions to people, places, things, and cultural practices of late first-century Rome that pervade Martial's poetry. It analyzes theepigrammatist's poems as literary creations, treating such topics as the structure of the individual poems and of the book as a whole, and the influence of earlier texts on Martial's language and themes.

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This edition provides an English translation of and detailed commentary on the second book of epigrams published by the Latin poet Marcus Valerius Martialis. The past ten years have seen a resurgence of interest in Martial's writings. But contemporary readers are in particular need ofassistance when approaching these epigrams, and unti...

Craig A. Williams is Associate Professor of Classics at Brooklyn College and the Graduate Center, City University of New York, and author of Roman Homosexuality: Ideologies of Masculinity in Classical Antiquity.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:320 pages, 6.42 × 9.09 × 1.1 inPublished:June 16, 2004Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195155319

ISBN - 13:9780195155310

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Table of Contents

AbbreviationsIntroduction1. Martial's Life and Works2. Epigram before Martial3. Characteristics of Martial's Epigrams3.1. Themes3.2. Characters3.3. Formal Features: Point, Bipartite Structure, Length, and Meter3.4. Book Structure4. Nachleben and Reception5. Manuscript TraditionText, Translation, and CommentaryBibliographyIndices

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