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Author Watson, Lindsay, 1947- author

Title Martial / Lindsay C. Watson and Patricia Watson ; series editor, Richard Stoneman
Published London ; New York : I.B. Tauris, 2015
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Description 1 online resource (xi, 174 pages)
Series Understanding classics
Contents Why read Martial? -- Obstacles to the understanding and appreciation of Martial -- Martial's humour -- Some characteristics of Martial's poetry -- Reception and scholarship -- The influence of Martial and subsequent poets
Summary "Marcus Valerius Martialis, or Martial (born between 38 and 41 CE, died between 102 and 104 CE) is celebrated for his droll, frequently salacious, portrayal of Roman high and low society during the first century rule of the emperors Domitian, Nerva and Trajan. Considered the 'inventor' of the modern epigram, Martial was a native of Hispania, who came to Rome in the hope of securing both patronage and advancement. From the bath-houses, taverns and gymnasia to the sculleries and slave-markets of the capital, Martial in his famous Epigrams sheds merciless light on the hypocrisies and sexual mores or rich and poor alike. Lindsay C and Patricia Watson provide an attractive overview - for students of classics and ancient history, as well as comparative literature - of the chief themes of his sardonic writings. They show that Martial is of continuing and special interest because of his rediscovery in the Renaissance, when writers viewed him as an incisive commentator on failings similar to those of their own day. The later reception of "Martial", by Juvenal and others, forms a major part of this informative survey."--Bloomsbury Publishing
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 161-167) and indexes
Notes Includes passages in Latin with English translation
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Subject Martial -- Criticism and interpretation
Genre/Form Electronic books
Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Form Electronic book
Author Watson, Patricia A., 1947- author
Stoneman, Richard, editor
ISBN 9780857727404