Nota sul Silio Italico ‹politico› negli epigrammi di Marziale

  • Elena Merli Università di Milano Statale
Keywords: Silius Italicus, Martial, Pliny the Younger, Neronian age, otium–negotium, literary patronage, senatorial class


In Martial’s epigrams Silius Italicus is portrayed as a man of learning, author of the Punica and admirer of Vergil’s works, but also as a public figure and a former consul of Rome. My paper focuses on the epigrams devoted to the ‘political’ Silius, and suggests to relate them mainly to a certain stage in Silius Italicus’ life and to a specific communication strategy.