poet; author of Metamorphoses
love poet; "Metamorphoses" poet; “Tristia"
poet; “Ars Amatoria” poet; Exiled Roman poet;
Contemporary of Horace; “Amores” author
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Metamorphoses by Gregory Zorzos
new idea is delicate. It can be killed by a sneer or a yawn; it
can be stabbed to death by a quip and worried to death by a frown
on the right man's brow. ~
Ovidius Naso, (March
20, 43 BC – AD 17) Roman poet known to the
English-speaking world as Ovid, wrote on topics of love,
abandoned women, and mythological transformations.
J. Tarrant offers the following assessment for the importance of
his own time until the end of Antiquity Ovid was among the most
widely read and imitated of Latin poets; his greatest work, the
also seems to have enjoyed the largest popularity. What place
Ovid may have had in the curriculum of ancient schools is hard to
determine: no body of antique scholia survives for any of his
works, but it seems likely that the elegance of his style and his
command of rhetorical technique would have commended him as a
school author, perhaps at the elementary level.
wrote in elegiac couplets, with the exception of his great
he wrote in dactylic hexameter in imitation of Vergil's Aeneid
Homer's epics. Ovid does not offer an epic narrative like his
predecessors but promises a chronological account of the cosmos
from creation to his own day, incorporating many myths and
legends from the Greek and Roman traditions.
banished Ovid in AD 8 to Tomis on the Black Sea for reasons that
remain mysterious (Ovid himself wrote that it was because of an
mistake and a poem). He may have had an affair with a female
relative of Augustus, and the carmen
by Ovid may be his supposedly immoral Ars
which had been in circulation for several years.
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