Epigrams: With parallel Latin text (Oxford World's Classics)

by Martial

Paperback, 2015

Status

Available

Call number

878.01

Publication

Oxford University Press (2015), Edition: 1, 288 pages

Description

"The poet we call Martial, Marcus Valerius Martialis, lived by his wits in first-century Rome. Pounding the mean streets of the Empire's capital, he takes apart the pretensions, addictions, and cruelties of its inhabitants with perfect comic timing and killer punchlines. Social climers and sex-offenders, rogue traders and two-faced preachers - all are subject to his forensic annihilations and often foul-mouthed verses. Packed with incident and detail, Martial's epigrams bring Rome vividly to life in all its variety; biting satire rubs alongside tender friendship, lust for life beside sorrow for loss. Gossipy, clever, and above all entertaining, they express amusement as much as indigtation at the vices they expose."

Language

Original language

English

Physical description

288 p.; 7.6 x 5 inches

ISBN

0199645450 / 9780199645459
Page: 0.2268 seconds