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Martial : The Unexpected Classic - J. P. Sullivan


The Unexpected Classic


Published: 21st March 2005
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This is the first full-length study in English of the Roman poet Martial's life, poetry and politics, as well as of the survival of his fifteen books of epigrams and short poems from his death around AD 104 to the present. The subjects examined include his defence of epigram as an art form, his misogyny and obscenity, his style, wit and humour, and, not least, his imperial propaganda. The concluding part of the work examines his high reputation in the Renaissance and the later censorship and neglect of his work until comparatively recently. All the material is presented for a modern objective assessment of his achievement, without in any way disguising the unpleasant aspects of his genius, and the political and literary pressures on poets in Rome at that period.

MartialÆs life and times
MartialÆs Apologia pro opere suo
The epigram tradition: MartialÆs Greek and Latin models
The coherence of MartialÆs themes
MartialÆs sexual attitudes
Humanity and humour; imagery and wit
Survival and revival
Martial and the Greek epigram
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ISBN: 9780521607032
ISBN-10: 0521607035
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 420
Published: 21st March 2005
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 2.4
Weight (kg): 0.61