University Lectures Delivered by Members of the Faculty in the Free Public Lecture Course

University Lectures Delivered by Members of the Faculty in the Free Public Lecture Course

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1918 edition. Excerpt: ...of six or eight giant slaves had the same effect on him that the limousine still has on those who are cursed with an unintelligent envy. He tells Avitus that Philippus rides in one which requires eight bearers, although he is perfectly sound of body. "But if, Avitus, you think him sound of mind, you are yourself unsound." When the fop Zoilus leaves the table not fewer than eleven times in order to change his dinner mantle for another on the score that perspiration is likely to cause him a chill, our author assures him that he doesn't perspire; the possession of but a single dinner mantle keeps him quite cool. It is the same Zoilus, if the name means anything, who falls ill merely that he may exhibit to his callers his superb bed-clothing. "Dismiss the doctors," urges the poet, "and take my bedding in exchange; that will cure your fever." The social "would-be" who decks himself in dazzling elegance that he may pass himself off as a knight and sit in the seats at the theater which were reserved for those Roman capitalists, calls forth several fine epigrams. The discovery of such impostors and their humiliating ejection from the playhouse by some usher did Martial's equestrian soul much good. Our dissector of social humburg was also quick to identify tears of the crocodile variety and such mourning as was only camouflage for inward rejoicing. The man who "marries a cough," or who, fishing for a legacy, baits his hook with presents to the rich and ailing cannot escape his discerning satire. Legacy-hunting was a popular occupation in his day and being the right sort of humorist Martial does not hesitate to tell on himself a joke, probably fictitious, to the effect that a...show more

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  • Paperback | 272 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 14mm | 490g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236939123
  • 9781236939128