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Rome, Ostia, Pompeii: Movement and Space.$
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Ray Laurence and David J. Newsome

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199583126

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199583126.001.0001

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Literature and the Spatial Turn

Literature and the Spatial Turn

Movement and Space in Martial's Epigrams

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Rome, Ostia, Pompeii: Movement and Space.

Ray Laurence

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines the representation of movement and the city of Rome in Martial's Epigrams, written in the late first century CE. It demonstrates how temporal context is imperative for understanding the city which Martial writes about. Martial's representation of place is also a representation of time, whether that be the timing of urban redevelopment (in the aftermath of the fires of 64 and 80 CE), the timing of emperors (i.e. the period of Domitian giving way to Nerva), or the timing of diurnal rhythms (the morning salutation, or the afternoon trips to the thermae).

Keywords:   Rome, realism, movement, temporality, place, time

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