Selected Epigrams by Susan MartialSelected Epigrams by Susan Martial

Selected Epigrams

bySusan MartialTranslated bySusan McleanIntroduction byMarc Kleijwegt

Paperback | December 3, 2014

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This lively translation accurately captures the wit and uncensored bawdiness of the epigrams of Martial, who satirized Roman society, both high and low, in the first century CE. His pithy little poems amuse, but also offer vivid insight into the world of patrons and clients, doctors and lawyers, prostitutes, slaves, and social climbers in ancient Rome. The selections cover nearly a third of Martial's 1,500 or so epigrams, augmented by an introduction by historian Marc Kleijwegt and informative notes on literary allusion and wordplay by translator Susan McLean.

Finalist, Literary Translation Award, PEN Center USA  
Marcus Valerius Martialis, or Martial (ca. 40–104 CE), made his way to Rome from Iberia (now Spain) and won renown across the Empire for his humorous epigrams. Susan McLean is a professor of English at Southwest Minnesota State University. She won the 2014 Donald Justice Poetry Prize for a collection of her own poems, The Whetstone Mis...
Title:Selected EpigramsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 8 × 5 × 0.8 inPublished:December 3, 2014Publisher:University of Wisconsin PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0299301745

ISBN - 13:9780299301743

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Table of Contents

            Marc Kleijwegt
A Note on the Translation                              
Book One                               
Book Two                               
Book Three                            
Book Four                               
Book Five                               
Book Six                                 
Book Seven                             
Book Eight                             
Book Nine                              
Book Ten                               
Book Eleven                           
Book Twelve                          
Works Cited

Editorial Reviews

“But you know who I recently learned makes me laugh as hard as anyone in print? Martial, the ancient Roman poet and satirist—an actual 2,000-year-old man and still funny! . . . I had never read Martial until I picked up his Selected Epigrams in a new edition with delightfully snarky translations by Susan McLean, a poet herself. . . . [Martial] would have been great on Twitter, and rappers might well appreciate his flair for the corrosive put-down.”—New York Times Book Review