Martials Rome: Empire and the Ideology of Epigram by Victoria E. RimellMartials Rome: Empire and the Ideology of Epigram by Victoria E. Rimell

Martials Rome: Empire and the Ideology of Epigram

byVictoria E. Rimell

Hardcover | February 2, 2009

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This provocative book is a major contribution to our understanding of Martial's poetics, his vision of the relationship between art and reality, and his role in formulating modern perceptions of Rome. The study shows how on every scale from the microscopic to the cosmic, Martial displays epigram's ambition to enact the sociality of urban life, but also to make Rome rise out of epigram's architecture and gestures. Martial's distinctive aesthetic, grounded in paradox and inconsistency, ensures that the humblest, most throwaway poetic form is best poised to capture first century empire in all its dazzling complexity. As well as investigating many of Martial's central themes - monumentality, economics, death, carnival, exile - this books also questions what kind of a mascot Martial is for classics today in our own advanced, multicultural world, and will be an invaluable guide for scholars and students of classical literature and Roman history.
Title:Martials Rome: Empire and the Ideology of EpigramFormat:HardcoverDimensions:240 pages, 8.98 × 5.98 × 0.83 inPublished:February 2, 2009Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0521828228

ISBN - 13:9780521828222

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Table of Contents

Introduction: getting to know Martial; 1. Copyright and contagion: the city as text; 2. Vigor Mortis: living and dying; 3. Poetic economies: figuring out Martial's maths; 4. Mundus inversus: Martial's Saturnalia; 5. The space of epigram; Epilogue.

Editorial Reviews

Rimell's study is sophisticated...good poetry--and especially a large collection of poems that interacts with a long established poetic canon--invites the reader to identify and investigate intra- and extra-textual dynamics..." --BMCR