Foca, Marziale e la poetica della epitome: la prefazione alla "Ars de nomine et uerbo" (con un saggio di commento)
The epigram which precedes the praefatio in prose to the Ars de nomine et uerbo of the grammarian Phocas (V century A.D. ?) is an isolated case of a poetic preface to a Latin work in prose. In this preface Phocas asserts the novelty of his work, in which the traditional subject is whole discussed but in a synthetic way. The model of the verses is Martial (I 2, II1 and XIII 1), to sustain with an authoritative voice the initial epigram and boast the originality of the work's breuitas. This initial epigram, if from a side it artistically raises the text, from the other it contains a real manifest of Phocas's poetics.