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Xenien is the name, derived from the poet Martial, for a series of stinging epigrams issued at one time by Goethe and Schiller, which created a great sensation and gave offense to many, causing “the solemn empire of dullness to quake from end to end.”[1]


  1. Nuttall Encyclopedia of General Knowledge, article on Xenien originally published in 1907 written by Reverend James Wood