Martial Book XIII : the Xenia

London: Duckworth, 2001. First edition. Hardcover. Octavo ( standard size). Slight wear to edges and corners of dj and boards. 209 p. w/ text, commentary index. A detailed commentary on this book of the Roman poet Martial, with Latin verse and English translation in the commentary. The book itself is themed around the gifts a Roman host would give to guests at Saturnalia, in particular food and drink. Martial was a poet in late 1st century AD Rome form Hispania, He often made fun of city life and scandals, and writes fondly of his early life as a provinicial. He is considered the father of the modern epigram form. Very Good in Very Good dust jacket. Item #13109

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