The Unexpected Classic
By (author) J. P. Sullivan
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Martial by J. P. Sullivan
Book DescriptionThis is the first full-length study in English of the Roman poet Martial's life, poetry and politics, as well as of the survival of his fifteen books of epigrams and short poems from his death around AD 104 to the present. The subjects examined include his defence of epigram as an art form, his misogyny and obscenity, his style, wit and humour, and, not least, his imperial propaganda. The concluding part of the work examines his high reputation in the Renaissance and the later censorship and neglect of his work until comparatively recently. All the material is presented for a modern objective assessment of his achievement, without in any way disguising the unpleasant aspects of his genius, and the political and literary pressures on poets in Rome at that period.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521264587
(228mm x 152mm x 27mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 12-Dec-1991
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author J. P. Sullivan
Satyricon, Paperback (October 2011)
Most likely written by an advisor of Nero, this title recounts the adventures of Encolpius and his companions as they travel around Italy. Estimated to date from 63 - 65 AD, and only surviving in fragments, it offers a satirical portrait of the age of Nero, in all its excesses and chaos.
Propertius, Paperback (June 2010)
Professor Sullivan proposes what was, at the time of publication, a new view on Propertius' poetic development.
Martial, Paperback (January 2005)» View all books by J. P. Sullivan
A full-length study of Martial's life, times, art and the survival of his poetry
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