THE VERNULA AND TilE PHOENIX IN MARTIAL 5.37

M.J. Mans

Abstract


1. INTRODUCTION
The more elaborate, but, to a great extent, exotic depiction of Erotion, Martial's beloved
vernu/a in verses 1-13, is in sharp contrast with our author's abrupt, passing reference to
the phoenix and mere allusion to its rarity in verse 13 of Ep. 5.37. The manifold purpose
of this paper is therefore to determine by way of an analytic and interpretative
investigation (i) Martial's poetical treatment of the vernula and the phoenix, (ii) the
legendary bird 's significance and function, if any' in this particular epigram, and (iii) any
connection there might be between the vernula and the phoenix. These aims will, however,
not necessarily be treated in this order.

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.7445/36-4-916

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