The Pastoral Ideal in Martial, Book 10
Martial's twelve numbered book collections have largely defied scholars' attempts to find thematic unity in them. The sheer number of poems in a book-each book contains approximately one hundred-and their great diversity seem to have made any comprehensive thematic unity impractical. Yet the most recent scholarship on Martial's book collections suggests otherwise. I argue in this essay that book IO has a thematic unity that is based about a main cycle of twenty-five poems-with I 0.47 at its center-wherein Martial presents a pastoral ideal. So many other poems relate to this main thematic cycle that the entire book collection takes on a thematic unity.
Modern and Classical Languages
Spisak, Art L. "The Pastoral Ideal in Martial, Book 10." The Classical World 95, no. 2 (2002): 127-141.
The Classical World