Martial | Literature Criticism Critical Essay by Pliny the Younger

This literature criticism consists of approximately 2 pages of analysis & critique of Martial.
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Critical Essay by Pliny the Younger

SOURCE: "To Cornelius Priscus" in Pliny Letters, William Heinemann, 1915, pp, 267, 269.

In this letter to his friend Cornelius Priscus, written around 104, Pliny eulogizes Martial, commending the poet's wit, incisiveness, and good nature. He also describes their patron-client relationship and raises doubts about the endurance of Martial's epigrams.

I have just heard of the death of poor Martial, which much concerns me. He was a man of an acute and lively genius, and his writings abound in both wit and satire, combined with equal candour. When he left Rome I complimented him by a present to defray the charges of his journey, not only as a testimony of my friendship, but in return for the little poem which he had written about me. It was the custom of the ancients to distinguish those poets with...

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