Martial's Rome: Empire and the Ideology of Epigram

Martial's Rome: Empire and the Ideology of Epigram


This provocative publication is an important contribution to our figuring out of Martial's poetics, his imaginative and prescient of the connection among paintings and truth, and his position in formulating sleek 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 lifestyles, but in addition to make Rome upward thrust out of epigram's structure and gestures. Martial's particular aesthetic, grounded in paradox and inconsistency, guarantees that the humblest, such a lot throwaway poetic shape is better poised to trap first century empire in all its outstanding complexity. in addition to investigating lots of Martial's critical subject matters - 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 should be a useful consultant for students and scholars of classical literature and Roman historical past.

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