Marcus Valerius Martialis (known in English as Martial) (March 1, 40 AD – between 102 and 104 AD), was a Latin poet from Hispania (the Iberian Peninsula) best known for his twelve books of Epigrams, published in Rome between AD 86 and 103, during the reigns of the emperors Domitian, Nerva and Trajan. In these short, witty poems he cheerfully satirises city life and the scandalous activities of his acquaintances, and romanticises his provincial upbringing. He wrote a total of 1,561, of which 1,235 are in elegiac couplets. He is considered to be the creator of the modern epigram.

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Famous quotes containing the word martial:

    Lie lightly on her, turf and dew:
    She put so little weight on you.
    —Marcus Valerius Martial (c. 40–104)

    Inspire the Vocal Brass, Inspire;
    The World is past its Infant Age:
    Arms and Honour,
    Arms and Honour,
    Set the Martial Mind on Fire,
    And kindle Manly Rage.
    John Dryden (1631–1700)

    Strike the concertina’s melancholy string!
    Blow the spirit-stirring harp like any thing!
    Let the piano’s martial blast
    Rouse the Echoes of the Past,
    Sir William Schwenck Gilbert (1836–1911)