Sappho in Roman Epigram

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Abstract

This chapter argues that Martial positions himself in relationship with his great model Catullus through a number of highly sophisticated yet ‘deformed’ allusions to Sappho. It argues further that these allusions help Martial in asserting his own, individual poetic project. The line of reasoning emerges from close scrutiny of a number of details from a wide range of Greek and Roman epigrams, such as that in which Valerius Aedituus alludes to Sappho fr. 31. The main investigation, however, remains concentrated on crucial passages from Martial, compared with relevant passages from the satires of Juvenal, which together form a pattern in which the figure of Sappho appears key.

Details

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationRoman Receptions of Sappho
EditorsThea Thorsen, Stephen Harrison
Publication statusPublished - 15 Jan 2019

Publication series

NameClassical Presences
PublisherOxford University Press

Keywords

  • Sappho, Greek and Roman epigram, Catullus, Martial, sexuality, gender, poetics