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    Martial: Select Epigrams (Cambridge Greek and Latin Classics) (Paperback) By (author) Martial, Edited by Lindsay Watson, Edited by Patricia Watson

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    DescriptionDespite his enduring popularity, Martial has recently suffered from serious critical neglect. The present work is the first edition of selections from Martial to be published for decades, and includes a fully representative selection of the oeuvre of the poet, who has often been criticised, unfairly, the authors argue, for obscenity and flattery of the Emperor Domitian. The epigrams included in the selection are organised under various heads, e.g. Martial and poetry, sexual mores, satirical pieces. A very full introduction deals with such topics as the prejudices and predilections of his audience which conditioned Martial's choice of subject matter, Martial's language, the structure and style of the epigrams, the epigrammatic tradition and Martial's creative engagement with it. The detailed commentary is suitable for use with undergraduates and is distinguished by its focus on social history as well as literary interpretation.


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    Title
    Martial: Select Epigrams
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Martial, Edited by Lindsay Watson, Edited by Patricia Watson
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 388
    Width: 128 mm
    Height: 198 mm
    Thickness: 30 mm
    Weight: 458 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780521555395
    ISBN 10: 0521555396
    Classifications

    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T3.7
    BIC E4L: LIT
    BIC subject category V2: DNF
    BIC language qualifier (language as subject) V2: 2ADL
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    BIC subject category V2: DSBB
    Ingram Subject Code: LA
    Libri: I-LA
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    DC21: 878.0102
    BIC subject category V2: 2ADL
    LC classification: PA6501 \.A
    Thema V1.0: DNL, DSBB
    Edition
    Bilingual edition
    Edition statement
    New ed.
    Illustrations note
    black & white illustrations
    Publisher
    CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS
    Imprint name
    CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS
    Publication date
    27 September 2006
    Publication City/Country
    Cambridge
    Author Information
    Lindsay Watson is Senior Lecturer in Classics at the University of Sydney and the author of Arae: The Curse Poetry of Antiquity (1991). Patricia Watson is Senior Lecturer in Classics at the University of Sydney and author of Ancient Stepmothers: Myth, Misogyny and Reality (1995).
    Review quote
    'The commentary is meticulous, clear in its style and organization and exceptionally well informed ... we could not hope for a better account of martial in his cultural, historical and literary context. As martial approaches his bimillenium, uninhibited once more, Watson & Watson will be the standard introduction.' The Times Literary Supplement
    Table of contents
    Preface; Abbreviations; Introduction; Select epigrams; 1. Martial and poetry; 2. Poet and patron; 3. Martial and the city of Rome; 4. Women; 5. Sexual mores; 6. Satirical epigrams; 7. Epideictic epigrams; 8. Funerary epigrams; Commentary; Bibliography; Indexes.