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The Roman Poetry Collection contains a wealth of history, culture, and lore presented with a vitality and descriptiveness only the freedom of poetry could create. The collection includes Epigrams by Martial, the creator of the poetic form of epigrams, who uses hundreds of brief, witty poems to give us snapshots of Roman life not found in history books. The collection also includes mimes written to playfully mock society, epic poems of famous tales like Jason and the golden fleece, heart-wrenching love poems written by people whose lives embody their writing, poems about the Roman spectacles, and many more forms, authors, and topics for you to examine Roman culture—including poems by Emperor Hadrian. With over 20 known poets and numerous poems whose authors remain unknown, the Roman Poetry Collection provides an authentic look into a flourishing Roman culture through one of the most beautiful languages ever written.
This collection contains the complete texts in their Loeb Classical Library editions. Each text is included in its original Latin, with an English translation for easy side-by-side comparison. Logos’ language tools help you go deeper into the Latin text and explore the poets’ elegant language. Use the dictionary lookup tool to examine difficult Latin words and find every appearance of the same word in your library. Students of ancient history, culture, literature, and Latin will enjoy these works and appreciate their significance.
Like Martial’s epigrams? Discover other ancient epigrams in W. R. Paton’s Greek Anthology (10 vols.).
Tiberius Catius Asconius Silius Italicus (c. AD 28–103) was a Latin epic poet, a Roman consul, and an orator. Silius had a reputation as a fantastic forensic orator, and he became a careful politician. He is said to have been an informer for Nero, prosecuting whomever Nero pleased. He retired, and it is largely believed that this is when he wrote Punica. After discovering an incurable tumour, he put into practice the Stoic theory of suicide, which book 11 of Punica praises. He remained cheerful as he starved himself to death. Most of what is known about Silius’ life is learned from Pliny the Younger, who wrote about the poet just after his suicide. Martial the poet provided several epigrams about Silius as well.
Publius Papinius Statius (c. AD 45–96) was a first century Roman poet. Statius wrote the Thebaid, the Silvae, and the unfinished epic, the Achilleid. He also appears as a guide in Dante’s The Divine Comedy. From an early age, Statius had success in poetry contests, winning many in Naples and three times at the Alban Festival, where Emperor Domitian awarded Statius the golden crown.