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Greek Epigram in the Roman Empire: Martial's Forgotten Rivals

Gideon Nisbet


As the riches of the Greek Anthology indicate, classical and late antique epigram was predominantly written and read (and probably also performed) by Greeks, but modern ideas about the genre have largely been shaped by the poetry-books of the important Latin epigrammatist Martial. Martial's Romanised version of epigram borrows heavily and without acknowledgement from contemporary Greeks writing satirical (‘skoptic’) epigrams. This book looks at this influential and culturally revealing sub-genre. Although it looks back to Old and New Comedy, skoptic epigram was essentially new; the book demons ... More

Keywords: epigram, Greek Anthology, satire, skoptic, humour, identity, Martial, Lucian, Loukillios, Second Sophistic

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2003 Print ISBN-13: 9780199263370
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199263370.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

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