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Il Risus di Canio Rufo e il Lusus di Marziale (3.20)

Alessandro Lagioia    Università degli Studi di Bari, Italia    



The contribution traces a profile of the character of Canius Rufus, Martial’s friend and a poet himself, according to the information contained in several epigrams. Moreover, it proposes a re-interpretation of epigr. 3.20 as an elegant literary lusus, written by Martial on the basis of three literary hypotexts (Hor. epist. 1.3 and 8 and Catull. 55). This character of the composition makes it possible to assign a different meaning to Canius Rufuse’s laughter at its end.

Keywords: Canius Rufus. Martial. Catullus. Intertextuality.

Language: it

Submitted: Feb. 4, 2020
Accepted: May 10, 2020
Published: June 30, 2020

permalink: http://doi.org/10.30687/Lexis/2210-8823/2020/01/011

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