Greek Epigram in the Roman Empire: Martial's Forgotten Rivals (Oxford Classical Monographs)

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When we say "epigram," we mean "Martial"--whether we know it or not. After Martial, a Roman poet of the first century AD, epigram would always mean satirical epigram: a short, funny poem with a sting in its tail. But Martial was an imitator. He copied and adapted the real innovators: the Greek poets who were already turning epigram into antiquity's sharpest--and shortest--form of satirical humor. This book finally gives them their due, uncovering a forgotten world of wicked puns and violent slapstick.

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Gideon Nisbet is Lecturer in Classics, St John's College, Oxford

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Nisbet's discussions of individual epigrams are often perceptive and stimulating. * The Journal of Classics Teaching * The book provides a welcome...introduction to material little (if at all) known to most of us * Malcolm Heath, Greece and Rome * ...a welcome contribution in pointing out the diversity among 'minor' authors, revealing the many layers hidden in an apparently simple lampoon-epigram, and analysing the ideology and cultural issues underlying the genre. * Silvia Barbantani, Journal Of Hellenic Studies 126 *

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