Meget holdbar Martial Xiii The Xenia by Leary T.J. sLUFz5vt

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  • 1868 Antal på lager


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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. Combining literary and textual comment with close attention to the social and cultural context it will be valuable not only to specialists in Latin literature but also to anyone interested in the food and festivals of Ancient Rome.