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Martial: The World of the Epigram

William Fitzgerald


In this age of the sound bite, what sort of author could be more relevant than a master of the epigram? Martial, the most influential epigrammatist of classical antiquity, was just such a virtuoso of the form, but despite his pertinence to today's culture, his work has been largely neglected in contemporary scholarship. Arguing that Martial is a major author who deserves more sustained attention, this book provides a tour of his works, shedding light on the Roman poet's world—and how it might speak to our own. Writing in the late first century CE—when the epigram was firmly embedded in the soc ... More

Keywords: epigrams, Martial, classical antiquity, poems, elite, sound bite, social life, Rome

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780226252537
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226252568.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

William Fitzgerald, author