Loquis: Marziale, the games and the epigrams in The Colosseum

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Marziale, the games and the epigrams in The Colosseum

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Published on:  2018-02-15 16:51:00

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In 80 after Christ, the Emperor Titus inaugurates the Flavian Amphitheatre, for Martial is the occasion to show off: « Liber de Spectaculis » on the games at the Colosseum is the first collection of epigrams. The Romans exalt him. Domitian, successor to the throne, grants him some privileges which, without enriching him, allow him to continue writing. Thus spread the couplets « Xenia » and « Apoforèta » followed over the years by twelve books of epigrams for a total of 1561 works. Despite this, martial is plagued by economic problems and plans to leave, it will never do. Because Rome is a source of life, an ideal muse.

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