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By Peter E. Knox

ISBN-10: 1405141832

ISBN-13: 9781405141833

A significant other to Ovid is a accomplished evaluate of 1 of the main influential poets of classical antiquity.Features greater than 30 newly commissioned chapters by means of famous students writing of their components of specializationIlluminates a number of elements of Ovid's paintings, akin to construction, style, and stylePresents interpretive essays on key poems and collections of poemsIncludes targeted discussions of Ovid's fundamental literary affects and his reception in English literatureProvides a chronology of key literary and ancient occasions in the course of Ovid's lifetime

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The alleged reason for the exile of the writer who was recognized as the greatest living poet was the licentious nature of a work of his which had been circulating for some years, meeting with great success. Even if this motivation was only a pretext, which is unlikely, the very fact that such a pretext could be used, and that a work of success could be banned from libraries by decree, brutally exemplifies the change that had taken place in the relationship between literature and power since the period when Maecenas acted as a skillful mediator, making many concessions to the freedom Poetry in Augustan Rome 17 of single authors, and thus obtaining their gratitude and their participation in the cultural programs of the emperor.

Virgil, who was born in 70 BC, seven years before Augustus, had already completed his formation before the death of Caesar. He worked on the Eclogues in the period of the triumvirate, from 42 to 38 BC approximately. In this work, there is only one, impersonal, reference to Octavian as a young man, who is able to right the injustices that are perpetrated at the expense of Italic farmers whose lands had been expropriated on behalf of the army veterans. Maecenas is not mentioned, and there is a reference to another patron: the intellectual and commander in Antony’s army, Asinius Pollio.

The adjudication of the arms is not a court case, but an impersonation of a historical figure (here of Ajax), so it is not a conventional suasoria advising on a deliberative issue so much as self-advocacy, a man making his own case, and we will return to this favorite theme later in connection with the mature Ovid of the Metamorphoses. But first let me review Seneca’s other comments. He claims Ovid was averse to all argumentation, and so preferred suasoriae to controversiae, which he seldom declaimed, and then only ethical ones.

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