Martial epigrams (1920) Free PDF book (Autobiography)

Martial epigrams  (1920) Free PDF book
Martial epigrams




Marcus Valerius Martialis (known in English as MartialMarch, between 38 and 41 AD – between 102 and 104 AD) was a Roman poet from Hispania (modern Spain) best known for his twelve books of Epigrams, published in Rome between AD 86 and 103, during the reigns of the emperors Domitian, Nerva, and Trajan. In these short, witty poems he cheerfully satirizes city life and the scandalous activities of his acquaintances and romanticizes his provincial upbringing. He wrote a total of 1,561 epigrams, of which 1,235 are in elegiac couplets.

Martial's keen curiosity and power of observation are manifested in his epigrams. The enduring literary interest of Martial's epigrams arises as much from their literary quality as from the colorful references to human life that they contain. Martial's epigrams bring to life the spectacle and brutality of daily life in imperial Rome, with which he was intimately connected.


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