Epigrams / Martial ; with an English translation by Walter C. A. Ker Martial

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Epigrams.; Martial; Epigrams, Latin.
"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 poems are a rich source of information regarding life in ancient Rome - both what people did and how they talked about it. In their concision and concrete observations of human behavior and their remarkable range of tone, they are also exemplary illustrations of the potential of epigrammatic form.". "This new commentary illuminates the allusions to people, places, things, and cultural practices of late first-century Rome that pervade Martial's poetry. It analyzes the epigrammatist'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. This edition thus fills an important gap and will be of interest to readers of both Martial and ancient epigram, from advanced undergraduates to scholars."--BOOK JACKET.
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