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Zeitschrift für antike Literatur und ihre Rezeption / A Journal for Ancient Literature and its Reception

Ed. by Föllinger, Sabine / Fuhrer, Therese / Reinhardt, Tobias / Stenger, Jan / Vöhler, Martin

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Volume 152, Issue 2


„Ich will nicht die Frau meiner Frau sein“. Zur Funktion von Ich-Aussagen bei Martial

Maria Becker
Published Online: 2009-09-25 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1524/phil.2008.0040


Was Martial married? Proceeding from the long debated question of the poet′s marital status, the author discusses different theories referring to the biographical implications of the “I” in Martial′s poems. In order to specify the idea of lyric roles or of a persona which the poet assumes, the first-person utterances are primarily taken as a feature of epigrammatic technique.

Generally speaking, the epigrammatic “I” is deictic and thus contributes to the specific effect of the genre: brevity and tendency to a focus. Four types of the epigrammatic “I” are illustrated from a group of poems which offer variations on the same theme: the hunt for dinner invitations. We can distinguish the auctorial I, the interested I, the affectively engaged I, and the ironical I. On the other hand, we find a real, biographical I in poems in which biographical information of some evidence is conveyed, e.g. in epigrams which reflect on poetic practice.

Keywords: Martial; Ich-Aussagen; Biographische Relevanz; Epigrammatische Technik

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Published Online: 2009-09-25

Published in Print: 2008-12-01

Citation Information: Philologus, Volume 152, Issue 2, Pages 282–293, ISSN (Print) 0031-7985, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1524/phil.2008.0040.

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