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This lively translation accurately captures the wit and uncensored bawdiness of the epigrams of Martial, who satirized Roman society, both high and low, in the first century CE. His pithy little poems amuse, but also offer vivid insight into the world of patrons and clients, doctors and lawyers, prostitutes, slaves, and social climbers in ancient Rome. The selections cover nearly a third of Martial's 1,500 or so epigrams, augmented by an introduction by historian Marc Kleijwegt and informative notes on literary allusion and wordplay by translator Susan McLean.

Finalist, Literary Translation Award, PEN Center USA  

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ISBN-13: 9780299301743
Publisher: University of Wisconsin Press
Publication date: 12/03/2014
Series: Wisconsin Studies in Classics Series
Edition description: 1
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 10.10(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Marcus Valerius Martialis, or Martial (ca. 40–104 CE), made his way to Rome from Iberia (now Spain) and won renown across the Empire for his humorous epigrams. Susan McLean is a professor of English at Southwest Minnesota State University. She won the 2014 Donald Justice Poetry Prize for a collection of her own poems, The Whetstone Misses the Knife, and in 2009 her collection The Best Disguise won the Richard Wilbur Award.

Table of Contents

            Marc Kleijwegt
A Note on the Translation                              
Book One                               
Book Two                               
Book Three                            
Book Four                               
Book Five                               
Book Six                                 
Book Seven                             
Book Eight                             
Book Nine                              
Book Ten                               
Book Eleven                           
Book Twelve                          
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