Martial's Epigrams Book Two

Martial's Epigrams Book Two

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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 past ten years have seen a resurgence of interest in Martial's writings. But contemporary readers are in particular need of assistance when approaching these epigrams, and until now there has been no modern commentary dedicated to Book II. This new commentary carefully 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.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 316 pages
  • 164 x 236 x 30mm | 639.58g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • New
  • 0195155319
  • 9780195155310
  • 1,776,029

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...readers new to Martial will no doubt find the book a useful tool...The translations are very readable and [Williams] has done a good job in reflecting the tone of Martial's Latin. * Christer Henriksen, Uppsala University *
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About Craig A. Williams

Craig A. Williams is Associate Professor of Classics at Brooklyn College and the Graduate Center, City University of New York, and author of Roman Homosexuality: Ideologies of Masculinity in Classical Antiquity.
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