Martial's Epigrams: A Selection

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CUP Archive, 2008 - Poetry - 205 pages
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Bawdy and biting epigrams, freshly translated, ready for enjoyment.

One of literature’s greatest satirists, Martial earned his livelihood by excoriating the follies and vices of his time, and set a pattern that satirists have admired and imitated across the ages. Born in Spain, Marcus Valerius Martialis (c. 40–102 CE), known in English as Martial, went to Rome as a young man to win fame and fortune. At the height of his career he published a book of scathing social commentary every year--1,500 poems in all, of which Wills translates about a third.

This exquisite translation from acclaimed author Garry Wills does not sacrifice the cleverly constructed effects of Martial’s short and shapely thrusts. Martial’s Epigramsmake addictive reading and a perfect--if naughty--gift.
 

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Contents

Section 1
1
Section 2
3
Section 3
14
Section 4
17
Section 5
33
Section 6
44
Section 7
49
Section 8
55
Section 14
148
Section 15
157
Section 16
163
Section 17
174
Section 18
176
Section 19
179
Section 20
192
Section 21
199

Section 9
79
Section 10
104
Section 11
116
Section 12
122
Section 13
134
Section 22
201
Section 23
219
Section 24
232
Section 25
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Garry Wills holds a doctorate in the classics and taught ancient Greek at Johns Hopkins University before becoming the Henry Luce Professor at Northwestern University. He is professor of history emeritus at Northwestern. His translation of Saint Augustine s Confessions was hailed by critics. Wills has written many works on history and religion, including What the Gospels Meant, as well as The New York Times bestsellers What Jesus Meant and What Paul Meant. His Lincoln at Gettysburg won the Pulitzer Prize.

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