By Peter E. Knox
A spouse to Ovid is a accomplished review of 1 of the main influential poets of classical antiquity.Features greater than 30 newly commissioned chapters by way of famous students writing of their parts of specializationIlluminates quite a few points of Ovid's paintings, equivalent to construction, style, and stylePresents interpretive essays on key poems and collections of poemsIncludes particular discussions of Ovid's fundamental literary affects and his reception in English literatureProvides a chronology of key literary and old occasions in the course of Ovid's lifetime
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In exile Ovid thinks back to his youth, and to the happy company of those poets who seemed to him to be gods walking on this earth, as if that was an enchanted world, in which, at a certain point, the sacred ﬁgure of the supreme god, Virgil, appeared, only as a vision (Tr. 40–52); a world which he may be proud to have been a part of, but which now appears to him to be irremediably lost. Already during the years in which Augustus was still governing, the elegies written from exile reveal that sense of coming afterward, and a necessary decadence with respect to the ‘Augustan’ literary past, which is another characteristic of the literature of the early imperial age.
A separation developed between high-quality literary production and popular public entertainment. At the same time, however, there was a gradual growth of interest in poetry, as well as in other intellectual activities, in the upper classes, who were increasingly in the habit of giving hospitality in their homes to intellectuals, especially Greeks, who were invited to offer training in rhetoric, linguistics and literature, and cultured entertainment, including poetry. Already at the beginning of the second century BC, Ennius composed not only theatrical texts and the great national epic poem (the Annales) but also celebratory poems and occasional verse for the authoritative ﬁgures of public life who gave him their support, and hospitality.
The husband went abroad on a trip and sent a message to his wife saying that he had died. The wife threw herself from a height. When she recovers she is told by her father to leave her husband. ’ Seneca’s only criticism is that Ovid neglected order in touching on each of the commonplaces (loci)—there must have been a list which pupils had to work into their text. 9): ‘the only problem is for you to allow husband and wife to care for each other: if you permitted them to love each other, you must also permit them to swear.
A Companion to Ovid (Blackwell Companions to the Ancient World) by Peter E. Knox