n Acta Classica : Proceedings of the Classical Association of South Africa - Martial, Book 6 : a gift for the Matronalia?

Volume 48, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0065-1141
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TThe traditional dating of Book 6 of Martial's to the summer or autumn of AD 90 bunches it a little close to Book 5, published for the Saturnalia of AD 89, and leaves an unaccustomed gap of more than two years until the publication of Book 7 for the Saturnalia of AD 92. The Matronalia of AD 91 are proposed because of Martial's own suggestive remark about this festival at the end of Book 5, his claim to virtually annual publication, the frequency with which his books are timed to appear at the Saturnalia, his repeated insistence on a female readership, the publicity given in Book 6 to Domitian's marriage legislation, and the desirability of launching a book in time for an occasion when gift-giving might boost its popularity.

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