Martial's Rome: Empire and the Ideology of Epigram

Martial's Rome: Empire and the Ideology of Epigram


This provocative e-book is a big contribution to our realizing of Martial's poetics, his imaginative and prescient of the connection among paintings and truth, and his position in formulating glossy perceptions of Rome. The examine indicates how on each scale from the microscopic to the cosmic, Martial screens epigram's ambition to enact the sociality of city existence, but additionally to make Rome upward thrust out of epigram's structure and gestures. Martial's certain aesthetic, grounded in paradox and inconsistency, guarantees that the humblest, so much throwaway poetic shape is healthier poised to trap first century empire in all its remarkable complexity. in addition to investigating a lot of Martial's imperative topics - monumentality, economics, dying, carnival, exile - this books additionally questions what sort of a mascot Martial is for classics this day in our personal complex, multicultural global, and may be a useful consultant for students and scholars of classical literature and Roman background.

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