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Titel: Book XIII. The Xenia. Text with introduction...
Duckworth, London, 2001. XIII,209p. Bound wrps. (Rare). 'To sum up: L. has provided us with a commentary that is always clear or at least as lucid as one can expect it to be, when dealing with a collection that often eludes its modern readers or leaves them in the lurch. Where there are competing interpretive attempts in previous scholarship, L. plainly discusses their pros and cons and contributes a great deal of insight and original thought. 'Realien' and language, which have the greatest share in this book, are truly the strongest side of the commentary. On the other hand, the collection we are dealing with is a highly sophisticated and complex product of literature, some aspects of which L. explores in greater detail, whereas others have been neglected or underestimated by him. At any rate, this book certainly is a stepping-stone for future work on this challenging corpus of epigrams. (FAROUK F. GREWING in Bryn Mawr Classical Review 2002.08.38). Antiquarian. Buchnummer des Verkäufers 29201
Inhaltsangabe: Although both innovative and engaging, Book XIII of Martial's epigrams, the "Xenia", has generally been neglected. As its name suggests, it is concerned with presents, in particular those given at the Saturnalia by hosts to their dinner guests. Like the Apophoreta, which Martial published next, it comprises independent poetic couplets cast as descriptive gift-tags. Far from being mere verse catalogues, however, these books are highly sophisticated literary compositions. Whereas the Apophoreta encompass many different items, the Xenia are devoted to food and drink, and are carefully ordered to reflect the courses of the cena at which they might have been distributed. This edition contains commentary devoted exclusively to the "Xenia". It combines literary and textual comment with close attention to the social and cultural context, and will therefore be of value not only to specialists in Latin literature but also to anyone interested in the food and festivals of Ancient Rome.
Über den Autor: T.J. Leary is Head of Classics at Hampton School and the author of Martial XIV: The Apophoreta, a commentary with text published by Duckworth in 1996 ('Leary has set himself a heroic task, and... has rendered a very signal service to us all... this book is a fund of learning' Journal of Roman Archaeology).
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