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Published: 01 August 2015

288 Pages

7.7 x 5.1 inches

ISBN: 9780199645459

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With parallel Latin text

Gideon Nisbet

Oxford World's Classics

  • Martial's epigrams target every level of Roman society, from slave to aristocrat. This newly translated selection is as punchy and close to the knuckle as the originals.
  • One of only two substantial modern translations since 1972, and the first by a classicist. Witty and accurate prose translations convey incidental detail and the poet's consummate comic timing.
  • The first translation to bring out the literariness of Martial, to show how his books and poems interconnect. The selection illustrates the range and diversity of Martial's style and topics.
  • Includes facing Latin text.
  • The Introduction considers Martial's life and times, his importance for the genre, and the thematic structure of the original books.
  • Notes identify Martial's literary and mythic allusions, explain real-world contexts, and show the interaction of different books and poems.