Event Title

Covering His Asterick: Allusions to Catullus in Martial Epigrams, Book 9

Location

King Building 341

Document Type

Presentation

Start Date

4-29-2016 1:30 PM

End Date

4-29-2016 2:30 PM

Abstract

The Latin poet Martial is known for his allusive prowess and clever reworkings of texts in snappy epigrams. In this paper, I focus on Book 9 of his Epigrams and investigate how Martial alludes to the (much earlier) elegiac poet Catullus. By evoking Catullus’ poems through intertexts both obvious and oblique, Martial uses the Catullus poems to say that which he himself has left unsaid.

Notes

Session I, Panel 5 - The Oblique, the Graphic, and the (Allegedly) Untranslatable
Moderator: Chris Trinacty, Assistant Professor of Classics

Major

Greek Language and Literature

Advisor(s)

Kirk Ormand, Classics

Project Mentor(s)

Kirk Ormand, Classics

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Covering His Asterick: Allusions to Catullus in Martial Epigrams, Book 9

King Building 341

The Latin poet Martial is known for his allusive prowess and clever reworkings of texts in snappy epigrams. In this paper, I focus on Book 9 of his Epigrams and investigate how Martial alludes to the (much earlier) elegiac poet Catullus. By evoking Catullus’ poems through intertexts both obvious and oblique, Martial uses the Catullus poems to say that which he himself has left unsaid.