The commentary regarding specific poems displays the conventional format

Were we to believe that Martial thus provides his a€?catalogue poems’ a Saturnalian-like potential encyclopedic touch?

Obviously, it abounds in a€?Realien’ of almost every sort. And also this consists of accurate elucidation from the couple of proper labels for the poet’s company or associates (addressees along with other personae). I could incorporate one additional observation: Q. Ovidius (for whom read p. 186) and Martial’s long-lasting buddy Nepos (for whom see p. 191) were both pointed out during the a€?wine point’ (poems 106-125) in the guide (things 119 and 124), since they are the poet’s next-door neighbors at Nomentum. Furthermore, their own state appears to additionally work as a structural equipment around the a€?wine section’ as 119 and 124 act as a-frame your sub-section (119-124) that addresses lower companies. 9 – L.’s assertion that vintner from Vienne mentioned in items 107 might just like usually the one at CIL xii can, however, end up being only an appealing estimate.

There is apparently much more influence of Lucan over Martial than scholars have actually thus far recognized

With some refinement, L. pursue Alan Ker’s (CQ 44 , pp. 23-24) theory that things 1 and 2 try not to at first belong to the Xenia, but that poem 3 will be the range’s (only) genuine proem (p. 37), a view furthermore approved by SB. We firmly object to this presumption: besides performs this triplet include common components of Martial’s poetics, but it also seems to be a defined thematic unit (1: the impoverished poet’s devaluation of his or her own poetry; poetic apology; perverted invocation with the Muse; 2: security against a would-be literary critic; finally, object 3 takes up the information of poverty and literary criticism), since have convincingly and in great detail been shown by H. L. Fearnley ( Checking out Martial’s Rome, diss. Univ. of S. Calif., pp. 17-24.). 10 Ker’s and L.’s arguments concerning perplexed MSS tradition at the start of Book XIII cannot, In my opinion, stand-to reasons, possibly. This brings up another relevant problem: Unlike the tituli of items 4-127, the headings of 1-3 – note: not merely 1-2! ( pace p. 37) – include spurious (Lindsay, historical Editions, Oxford 1903, p. 38).

Intertextuality within the Xenia is more momentous than many scholars normally concede (read already over, on object 127 and Hor. c. 1 https:/ Im positive, e.g., that the opening of poem 33, Trebula nos genuit, interacts (not only a€?perhaps’ [p. 83]) deliberately with Vergil’s well-known epitaph, that’s, the cheese from area Trebula brags about the Vergilian flavor. Intertextuality with inscriptional material, anyway, looks specially appropriate for the Xenia. Implicitly, this comical inversion can make fun of Vergil, that is the consultant of impressive poetry, basically correctly one of many styles ple, perhaps not mentioned by L., is actually object 116: Potabis liquidum Signina morantia ventrem? / ne nimium sistas, remain tibi parca sitis. The second pentameter 1 / 2 recalls the typical formula discover frequently on gravestones, remain tibi terra levis. Looking at the reality that drink from Signia according to Pliny (nat. hist. ) indeed facilitate test free intestine (that see L., p. 182), the punch-line with this couplet turns out to be specially amusing. Exactly the same will also apply to 6.47.8, sit mihi sana sitis, now, however, relating to the speaker’s furtively drinking tap water from a fountain. 11 in most cases when Martial communicates with previous poetry the guy deliberately alters (inverts or perverts) the resource text’s reasoning or poetic goal. 12 – only a few situation of possible intertextuality include just as obvious. Some might, with L. (p. 15), compare the wine-section associated with Xenia (stuff 106-125) utilizing the a€?catalogue’ at Verg. georg. 2.89-102; others, my self provided, can be doubtful; however, Martial may seem to sporadically take idiomatic top features of epic catalogue, as L. sees on misit, 23.2 (p. 73). – Following FriedlA¤nder and SB, L. registers the match between poem 75 and Luc. 5.711-716 (p. 134). 13 Martial’s tercentum Libyci modios de messe coloni at 12.1 may remember Ov. med.fac. 53, hordea quae Libyci ratibus misere coloni (p. 60). Of Ovid Martial is especially happy in any event (discover here, n. 12). At 45.2, the expression chortis = a€?cohortis’ aves, both about develop and idiom demands a note; aside from Martial (read in addition 7.31.1, 54.7, ), the expression in poetry starts, i do believe, just at Ov. quickly. 4.704. At 3.8, it is fascinating to notice Fearnley’s (discover above) observance that Martial’s humorous invite to miss any poem whoever name is not a€?to a person’s flavor’ (cf. also 14.2.3-4) has a striking match in Elder Pliny’s All-natural History, pr. 33: quia occupationibus tuis publico bono parcendum erat, quid singulis contineretur libris, huic epistulae subiunxi summaque cura, ne legendos eos haberes, operam dedi. We may remember the starting poem of Martial’s best unit, Catullus, exactly who contrasts his nugae making use of a€?Chronica’ of Nepos, to who the guy devoted his range (c. 1.5-6).