The volume contains an extensive introduction, a new critical text and translation, and a full literary and philological commentary. While the body of the commentary focuses on the particular, providing literary readings of individual epigrams and a line-by-line linguistic, philological, and stylistic analysis, the introduction deals with Lucillius’s identity, the tradition of the text, style, themes, metrics, and cultural setting, and additionally investigates the origins and development of Greek skoptic epigram.
Particular attention is paid to the way in which Lucillius engages with the conventions of the genre, often overturning the reader’s expectations. In this way, the work explores the paradox inherent to the fact that a poetic form that was by its nature eulogistic (inscriptional epigrams were born in order to record, and thus celebrate, the dedication of an object or the death of a man) ultimately became the genre of mockery and abuse.
Lucia Floridi, Università degli studi di Milano.
Among the topics addressed there are the relationship between Juvenal and Martial, his position within the tradition of Roman satire, his relationship with the cultural discourse of Roman moralistic literature, the intertextual links with satire 5 and the vexata quaestio of the literary or authentic nature of Juvenal’s work. The author denies a strong break between the early books and the 4th and satire 11 in particular, advocating the idea of a gradual evolution rather than a radical conversion.
In the commentary the reader will find a comprehensive analysis of textual problems and stylistic features, in a historically comparative light, with early Juvenal, other satiric poets and Martial as the chief objects of comparison.
Realien are also devoted close attention. The volume will thus be a useful tool for scholars and students interested in latin satire and poetry, and also for historians of roman society in the early imperial age.