Poetry for Patrons: Literary Communication in the Age of Domitian

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A study of the phenomenon of literary patronage, both non-imperial and imperial, during the reign of the Roman emperor Domitian (81-96 A.D.). This work centres on the "Epigrams" of Martial and the "Silvae" of Statius. The book deals not only with the relationships between poets and patrons, but also with the audiences and the functions of patron-oriented poetry. It includes discussions of such topics as "patronage" versus "friendship," the poetic "I," the role of poetry at symposia and festivals, dedication and publication, the influence of rhetoric on poetry, and the poetic representation of imperial power. The book should prove of interest not only to specialists in Roman poetry, but also to ancient historians and to students of literary patronage in other cultures. All Latin and Greek is translated.
 

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Contents

Questions and Concepts
1
Patronage in Martials Epigrams
37
Modes of Reception of Martials Epigrams
91
Functions of Martials Epigrams
142
Patronage in Statius Silvae
193
Modes of Reception of Statius Silvae
249
Functions of Statius Silvae
291
PART THREE
325
Modes of Reception of Poetry for the Emperor
356
Functions of Poetry for the Emperor
379
The Dating of the Epigrams and the Silvae
441
Index of Passages
470
General Index
480
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About the author (2002)

Ruurd R. Nauta, Ph.D. (1995) in Classics, University of Leiden, is Professor of Latin in the University of Groningen. He has published articles on various aspects of Greek and Roman Literary History. This is his first book.