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Ovid, poet, 43 BCE–17 CE

Ovid (Publius Ovidius Naso, 43 bce–17 ce), poet, was born at Sulmo in the Abruzzi on 20 March. Our chief source for his life is one of his own poems, Tr. 4. 10. As the son of an old equestrian family, Ovid was sent to Rome for his education. His rhetorical studies under Arellius Fuscus and Porcius Latro, in which he evidently acquitted himself with distinction, are described by the elder Seneca (L. Annaeus Seneca(1)) (Controv. 2. 2. 8–12; cf. 9. 5. 17). His education was rounded off by the usual Grand Tour through Greek lands (Tr. 1. 2. 77–8, Ep. ex Pont. 2. 10. 21 ff.). After holding some minor judicial posts, he apparently abandoned public life for poetry—thus enacting one of the commonplaces of Roman elegiac autobiography. With early backing from M. Valerius Messalla Corvinus (Pont. 1. 7. 27–8) Ovid quickly gained prominence as a writer, and by ce 8 he was the leading poet of Rome. In that year he was suddenly banished by Augustus to Tomis on the Black (Euxine) Sea. Ovid refers to two causes of offence in his exile poetry: carmen, a poem, the Ars Amatoria; and error, an indiscretion. He has much to say concerning the first of these counts, especially in Tr. 2; concerning the second he repeatedly refuses to elaborate—though, since the Ars had already been out for some years in ce 8, the error must have been the more immediate cause. Amid the continuing speculation (cf. J. C. Thibault, The Mystery of Ovid's Exile (1964); R. Syme, 215–22), all that can be reconstructed from Ovid's own hints is a vague picture of involuntary complicity (cf. Tr. 2. 103–8) in some scandal affecting the imperial house. Tomis, a superficially Hellenized town with a wretched climate on the extreme edge of the empire, was a singularly cruel place in which to abandon Rome's most urbane poet. Public and private pleading failed to appease Augustus or (later) Tiberius: Ovid languished in Tomis until his death, probably (so Jerome) in ce 17. Several of the elegies from exile are addressed to his third wife (connected some how with the gens Fabia: Pont. 1. 2. 136), who remained behind him in Rome; Ovid also mentions a daughter and two grandchildren.

Works

(all extant poems written in elegiac couplets except the Metamorphoses).

Amores, ‘Loves’. Three books of elegies (15, 20, and 15 poems) presenting the ostensibly autobiographical misadventures of a poet in love. What we have in this three-book collection is a second edition, published not before 16 bce and perhaps somewhat later (1. 14. 45–9); work on the original five books mentioned in Ovid's playful editorial preface may have begun c.25 bce. (For the vexed chronology of all Ovid's amatory works see McKeown 1. 74–89.) The Amores continue the distinctive approach to elegy taken by Ovid's older contemporaries Propertius and Tibullus and by the shadowy Cornelius Gallus before them (cf. Tr. 4. 10. 53–4); the frequent use of mythological illustration recalls especially Propertius. Corinna, the named mistress of Ovid's collection, owes much to Propertius' Cynthia and Tibullus' Delia; her name itself (along with the pet bird mourned in Am. 2. 6) acknowledges a debt to an important forerunner of the Augustan elegiac woman, Catullus(1)'s Lesbia (‘Lesbia’ looks to Sappho; ‘Corinna’ names another Greek female poet; see corinna). Erotic elegy before Ovid had featured a disjunction in the first-person voice between a very knowing poet and a very unknowing lover. Ovid closes this gap, and achieves a closer fit between literary and erotic conventions, by featuring a protagonist who loves as knowingly as he writes. Ovid's lover is familiar with the rules of the genre, understands the necessity for them, and manipulates them to his advantage. The result is not so much a parody of previous erotic elegy as a newly rigorous and zestful exploration of its possibilities.

Heroides, ‘Heroines’ (so called by Priscian, Gramm. Lat. 2. 544 Keil; but cf. Ars Am. 3. 345 Epistula. The correct form may have been Epistulae Heroidum, ‘Heroines' Epistles’). Of the ‘single Heroides’ 1–14 are letters from mythological female figures to absent husbands or lovers; Heroides15, whose Ovidian authorship is in doubt, is from the historical but heavily mythologized Sappho. In their argumentative ingenuity these poems show us the Ovid who was a star declaimer in the schools; in that they speak of female subjectivity under pressure they also testify to an admiration for Euripidean tragedy (see euripides), and give us a glimpse of what we have lost in Ovid's own Medea. The heroines tend to be well known rather than obscure: some of the interest of the letters lies in locating the point at which they are to be ‘inserted’ into prior canonical works, usually epic or tragic, and in considering the operations of revision and recall. The epistolary format is sometimes archly appropriate (‘what harm will a letter do?’, Phaedra asks Hippolytus(1)), sometimes blithely inappropriate (where on her deserted shore, one wonders, will Ariadne find a postman?); above all, perhaps, it effects a characteristically Alexandrian modernization by Ovid (see hellenistic poetry at rome) of the dramatic monologue by presenting the heroine as a writer, her impassioned speech as a written text, and the process of poetic composition as itself part of the action. Ovid claims the Heroides to be a new kind of literary work (Ars Am. 3. 346); they owe something to an experiment in Propertius (4. 3). The idea for the ‘double Heroides’ (16–21) may have come from the replies which Ovid's friend Sabinus is said to have composed for the ‘single Heroides’ (Am. 2. 18, a poem which probably places the ‘single Heroides’ between the two editions of the Amores). Formerly doubted, 16–21 are now generally accepted as Ovid's own, stylistic discrepancies with 1–14 being explained by a later compositional date (perhaps contemporary with the Fasti). Arguably it is in these paired letters that the potential of the epistolary format is most fully realized.

Medicamina Faciei Femineae, ‘Cosmetics for the Female Face’. A didactic poem which predates the third book of the Ars (Ars Am. 3. 205–6). Only the first 100 lines survive, the latter 50 of which, a catalogue of recipes, show Ovid matching Nicander (in the Theriaca and Alexipharmaca) in virtuoso ability to make poetry out of abstruse drug-lore. See cosmetics.

Ars Amatoria, ‘Art of Love’ (for the title cf. Sen. Controv. 3. 7. 2). A didactic poem (see didactic poetry) in three books on the arts of courtship and erotic intrigue; the mechanics of sexual technique receive but limited attention (2. 703–32, 3. 769–808), perhaps reversing the proportions of works such as the manual of Philaenis (POxy. 2891). Books 1–2, datable in their present form to about 1 bce (1. 171 ff.), advise men about women; book 3, presented as a sequel (3. 811 may or may not imply a substantial gap in real time), advises women about men—arguably with one eye still firmly upon the interests of the latter. The situations addressed owe much to previous elegy; at times the preceptor seems to explore the rules of love poetry as much as of love (ars amatoria functioning as ars poetica). Mythological illustration is more fully developed than in the Amores, anticipating the full-scale narratives of Metamorphoses and Fasti. The actors themselves are firmly located in contemporary Rome: the vivid specificity of the social milieux is sometimes more reminiscent of satire than of earlier elegy. As didactic, the Ars takes many traits from Virgil'sGeorgics and Lucretius. It has an irreverent and parodic feel, however, deriving not from the theme alone (other didactic poems, as Ovid was to point out (Tri. 2. 471 ff.), could be frivolous too) but from the combination of theme and metre. Conventionally, didactic was a subset of epic written in hexameters; Ovid's choice of elegiac couplets, as it signals a continuity with his own Amores, signals a felt discontinuity with mainstream didactic. As successor to the Amores, the Ars achieves much of its novelty through a reversal of the implied roles of poet and reader: in the Amores the reader oversees the poet's love affair; in the Ars the poet oversees the reader's love affair. It may be (for we cannot but read with hindsight derived from later events) that this newly direct implication of the Roman reader in the erotic text made the Ars the poem most likely to be picked on when the climate turned unfavourable to Ovid's work. The poet's attempts to forestall moral criticism in this area (1. 31–4; cf. Tr. 2. 245–52) seem disingenuous.

Remedia Amoris, ‘Remedies for Love’. A kind of recantation of the Ars Amatoria; the poet now instructs his readers how to extricate themselves from a love affair. The Remedia (date between 1 bce and ce 2 indicated by 155–8) appropriately concludes Ovid's early career in erotic elegiac experimentation.

Metamorphoses, ‘Transformations’. An unorthodox epic in fifteen books, Ovid's only surviving work in hexameters, composed in the years immediately preceding his exile in ce 8. The poem is a collection of tales from classical and Near Eastern myth and legend, each of which describes or somehow alludes to a supernatural change of shape (see metamorphosis). Metamorphic myths enjoyed an especial vogue in Hellenistic times and had previously been collected in poems (all now lost) by Nicander, by the obscure Boios or Boeo (whose Ornithogonia, ‘Generation of Birds’, was apparently adapted by Macer, Tr. 4. 10. 43), and by Parthenius. In Ovid's hands metamorphosis involves more than just a taste for the bizarre. Throughout the poem (and with programmatic emphasis in the opening cosmogony) the theme calls attention to the boundaries between divine and human, animal and inanimate, raising fundamental questions about definition and hierarchy in the universe. Structurally the Metamorphoses is a paradox. The preface promises an unbroken narrative, epic in its scope, from the creation to the poet's own day; but throughout much of the poem chronological linearity takes second place to patterns of thematic association and contrast, book divisions promote asymmetry over symmetry (see books, poetic), and the ingenious transitions (criticized by the classicizing Quintilian: Inst. 4. 1. 77) do as much to emphasize the autonomy of individual episodes as to weld them into a continuum. In some ways the poem's closest analogue (structurally; but also for its interest in the mythic explanation of origins) is Callimachus(3)'s Aetia, whose avowed aesthetic, influential on all Augustan poetry, the Metamorphoses seems both to reject and to embrace (1. 4; E. J. Kenney, PCPS1976, 46 ff.). There is a real flirtation with the Augustan model of epic teleology established in the Aeneid; but it can be argued that the metamorphic world of Ovid's poem is structurally and ideologically incompatible with such a vision. Wherever his sources are wholly or partly extant, Ovid's dialogues with the literary past repay the closest attention. He engages with an unprecedented range of Greek and Roman writing; every genre, not just epic, leaves its mark in the poem's idiom. But in the final analysis the Metamorphoses renders its sources superfluous: with its many internal narrators and internal audiences, with its repeated stress on the processes of report and retelling whereby stories enter the common currency, the primary intertextual reading which the poem insists on is one internal to itself. As narrative it brilliantly captures the infinite variety and patterning of the mythological tradition on which it draws (and which, for many later communities of readers, it effectively supersedes). Ovid's poetic imagination, intensely verbal and intensely visual, finds here its finest expression. The Metamorphoses tells utterly memorable stories about the aspirations and sufferings which define and threaten the human condition; from the poem's characteristic aestheticization of those sufferings comes both its surface brightness and its profound power to disturb.

Fasti, ‘Calendar’. A poetical calendar of the Roman year with one book devoted to each month (see calendar, roman). At the time of Ovid's exile it was incomplete, and only the first six books (January–June) survive. These show evidence of partial revision at Tomis (e.g. 1. 3, 4. 81–4); the silence which is books 7–12 abides as a reminder of a life interrupted. The poem's astronomy (1. 2) is influenced by Aratus(1)'s Phaenomena, its aetiological treatment of history and religion (1. 1) by Callimachus. These debts show Ovid at his most overtly Alexandrian; but, like Propertius in his fourth book (4. 2, 4, 9, 10), he is applying Callimachean aetiology to distinctively Roman material. The Fasti belongs equally in the tradition of Varro's lost Antiquitates; and the figure without whom the poem is ultimately inconceivable is the emperor Augustus, whose recuperation and appropriation of Roman religious discourse constitutes the basis of Ovid's own poetic appropriation (1. 13–14). The restrictiveness of the day-to-day format as a determinant of both subject-matter and structure is repeatedly stressed by the poet (4. 417, 5. 147–8). However, comparison with other calendrical sources (cf. A. Degrassi, Inscr. Ital.13, Fasti et Elogia (1963), esp. the Fasti Praenestini compiled by Verrius Flaccus) reveals the extent to which Ovid has been free to select and order his emphases; and the very fragmentation of the narrative material (e.g. the life of Romulus is split and chronologically shuffled between five or six different dates) offers an interesting contrast with the contemporaneous (and more fluid) Metamorphoses. The poet is a prominent character in his own poem: he appears in expository passages as an eager antiquarian weighing aetiological and etymological variants with himself or with interlocutors who range from the Muses (as in books 1–2 of Callimachus'Aetia) to random bystanders. Long mined for its detailed information about the perceived roots of Roman religion and ritual, the Fasti has begun to attract new attention both as a complex work of art and as an exploration of religious thinking at a time of ideological realignment.

Tristia, ‘Sorrows’. A series of books dispatched from exile between ce 9 and 12, containing (so Tr. 1, 3, 4, 5) poems addressed by Ovid to his wife and to various unnamed persons in Rome. The ‘sorrows’ of the title are the past, present, and anticipated sufferings associated with the relegation to the Black Sea: the Tristia, like the later Epistulae ex Ponto, function as open letters in which the poet campaigns from afar for a reconsideration of his sentence. Tristia 2, addressed to Augustus, differs in format from the other four books. A single poem of over 500 lines, it uses an ostensibly submissive appeal for imperial clemency as the point of departure for a sustained defence of the poet's career and artistic integrity. The mood of the Tristia is deeply introspective, with all the rich opportunities for geography and ethnography subsumed within the narrative of an inner journey: the ships on which Ovid voyages into exile merge with his metaphorical ‘ship of fortune’ (1. 5. 17–18); the icy torpor and infertility of the Pontic landscape become indices of the poet's own (allegedly) frozen creativity. The books read at times as post mortem autobiography, with exile figured as death and the elegiac metre reclaiming its supposed origins in funereal lament. On one level the insistently self-depreciatory poetics (e.g. 1. 1. 3 ff.) offer an artful fiction of incompetence, extending a topos of mock modesty familiar from earlier literary programmes in the sub-epic genres. But only on one level. The pervasive imagery of sickness and barrenness, decay and death, though belied by the continued technical perfection of Ovid's writing, captures an erosion of the spirit which feels real enough, in and between the lines, in the later books from Tomis.

Epistulae ex Ponto, ‘Epistles from Pontus’. Four books of poems from exile, differing from the Tristia most obviously in that the addressees are named (1. 1. 17–18), and characterized with greater individuality. The letters in books 1–3 were gathered into a single collection (‘without order’: so claims 3. 9. 51–4) in ce 13; book 4 probably appeared posthumously (4. 9 written in ce 16).

Ibis. An elaborate curse-poem in elegiacs (perhaps ce 10 or 11) directed at an enemy whose identity is hidden under the name of a bird of unclean habits; both title and treatment derive from a lost work of Callimachus (55–62). As at the beginning of the Tristia, Ovid dramatizes a forced break with his former self: a previously benign poet now seeks to wound; his elegy has become a prelude to Archilochean iambic (see archilochus; iambic poetry, greek and latin). In fact, the Ibis displays much continuity with Ovid's earlier work. The poem's ferociously dense catalogue of sufferings achieves a mythological comprehensiveness (despite its small compass) comparable to that of the Metamorphoses or Fasti; even its ‘unOvidian’ obscurity (57–60) comes across as a thoroughly Ovidian experiment (cf. G. Williams, PCPS1992, 174 ff.).

Lost and spurious works. Our principal loss is Ovid's tragedy Medea (Tr. 2. 553). Two verses survive, one cited by Quintilian (Inst. 8. 5. 6), the other by the Elder Seneca (Suas. 3. 7). The poet of the Fasti was among those who translated Aratus'Phaenomena into Latin hexameters; two brief fragments remain. It is most unlikely that either the Halieutica or the Nux is by Ovid (cf. J. A. Richmond in ANRW 2. 31. 4, 2744 ff., with bibliography).

Ovid is not only one of the finest writers of antiquity; he is also one of the finest readers. Not since Callimachus, perhaps, had a poet shown such understanding in depth and in detail of the literary traditions of which he was the inheritor; never was such understanding carried so lightly. In a national literature dominated by anxious gestures towards the past, Ovid's relationship with his predecessors is exuberantly unanxious. Moreover, the same revisionary energy which he brings to alien texts is applied no less to his own. Ovid constantly reworks himself, at the level of the poem (the Ars reframes the Amores, the Remedia the Ars), of the episode (cross-referential Persephones in Metamorphoses and Fasti), and even of the individual line and phrase (cf. A. Lueneburg, De Ovidio sui imitatore (1888)). This paradigm of self-imitation, together with the deceptively easy smoothness and symmetry which he bequeaths to the dactylic metres, make his manner (once achieved) endlessly imitable to later generations as a kind of Ovidian koinē. What remains inimitable, however, is the sheer wealth of the poet's invention. Ovid devoted most of his career to a single genre, elegy, so that by the time of the Remedia he was already able to claim (Rem. am.395–6) that ‘elegy owes as much to me as epic does to Virgil’. (The Metamorphoses still lay ahead, an epic which—although it is much else besides—can justly be said to be the epic of an elegist.) But within elegy he achieved an unparalleled variety of output by exploiting and extending the range of the genre as no poet had before—not by ignoring its traditional norms, but by carrying to new extremes the Alexandrian and Augustan tendency to explore a genre's potentiality by testing its boundaries.

No Roman poet can equal Ovid's impact upon western art and culture; only the critics, stuffy as Quintilian (Inst. 10. 1. 88, 98), have sometimes stood aloof. Especially remarkable in its appropriations has been the Metamorphoses—from the Christianizing ingenuities codified in the 14th-cent. Ovide moralisé to the bold painterly narratives of Titian'spoesie in the Renaissance. In the Anglophone world the terms of Ovid'sreception in the modern era have largely been defined by Dryden and Pope; behind these influential Ovids can still be sensed the Naso of Shakespeare's Holofernes, ‘smelling out the odoriferous flowers of fancy’, and the figure of ‘Venus clerk, Ovyde’ in Chaucer'sHous of Fame. Though not immune to the challenges which the 20th cent. has posed to the continuity of the classical tradition, Ovid's poetry, now entering upon its third millennium, still reaches artists as well as scholars: a 1979 preface to the Metamorphoses by Italo Calvino is at once an academic essay and an assimilation of Ovid's narrative aesthetic to Calvino's own ‘postmodern’ fiction (‘Ovid and Universal Contiguity’ translated in The Literature Machine (1987), 146 ff.). See elegiac poetry (latin).

Bibliography

Companions

P. Hardie (ed.) The Cambridge Companion to Ovid (2002, with bibliog.).Find this resource:

B. W. Boyd (ed.) Brill's Companion to Ovid (2002, with bibliog.).Find this resource:

Texts

E. J. Kenney, Amores, Medicamina Faciei Femineae, Ars Amatoria, Remedia Amoris (Oxford Classical Texts, rev. 1994).Find this resource:

H. Dörrie, P. Ovidii Nasonis Epistulae heroidum (1971).Find this resource:

R. J. Tarrant, Metamorphoses (Oxford Classical Texts, 2004).Find this resource:

W. S. Anderson, P. Ovidii Nasonis metamorphoses (Teubner, 1977).Find this resource:

E. H. Alton, D. E. W. Wormell, and E. Courtney, P. Ovidi Nasonis Fastorum libri sex (Teubner, rev. 1997).Find this resource:

S. G. Owen, Tristia, Ibis, Ex Ponto, Halieutica, Fragmenta (Oxford Classical Texts, 1915; ed. maior of Tristia 1889).Find this resource:

G. Luck, Tristia (see edns. with comm.).Find this resource:

J. B. Hall, P. Ovidi Nasonis Tristia (Teubner, 1995).Find this resource:

Epistulae ex Ponto: J. A. Richmond (Teubner, 1990).Find this resource:

Ibis: A. La Penna (1957).Find this resource:

Complete: G. P. Goold (Loeb, rev. 1977–89).Find this resource:

Cf. R. J. Tarrant in Texts and Transmission: A Survey of the Latin Classics (1983).Find this resource:

Editions with Commentary

(T = with Eng. trans.)

Amores

J. C. McKeown (1987- ).Find this resource:

P. Brandt (1911).Find this resource:

(1, T) J. A. Barsby (1973).Find this resource:

(2, T) J. Booth (1991).Find this resource:

Heroides

A. Palmer (1898).Find this resource:

(1, 2, 5, 6, 7, 10, 11, 15) P. E. Knox (1995).Find this resource:

(16–21) E. J. Kenney (1996).Find this resource:

(1–3) A. Barchiesi (1992).Find this resource:

(9) S. Casali (1995).Find this resource:

(11, 13, 14) J. Reeson (2001).Find this resource:

(12) F. Bessone (1997),Find this resource:

T. Heinze (1997, with frs. of Medea).Find this resource:

(16–17) A. N. Michalopoulos (2006).Find this resource:

(18–19) G. Rosati (1996).Find this resource:

Medicamina faciei

G. Rosati (1985).Find this resource:

Ars amatoria

E. Pianezzola, G. Baldo, and L. Cristante (1991).Find this resource:

(1) A. S. Hollis (1977).Find this resource:

(2; comm. only) M. Janka (1997).Find this resource:

(3) R. K. Gibson (2003).Find this resource:

Remedia amoris

P. Pinotti (1988).Find this resource:

A. A. R. Henderson (1979).Find this resource:

Metamorphoses

A. Barchiesi, Metamorfosi, books I–III, 2 vols. (2005, 2007).Find this resource:

G. Rosati, Metamorfosi, books IV–VI (2009).Find this resource:

E. J. Kenney, Metamorfosi, books VII–IX (2011).Find this resource:

J. D. Reed, Metamorfosi, books X–XII (2013).Find this resource:

P. Hardie, Metamorfosi, books XIII–XV (2015).Find this resource:

F. Bömer, P. Ovidius Naso, Metamorphosen: Kommentar (1969–86).Find this resource:

F. Bömer, P. Ovidius Naso: Metamorphosen/ Addenda, Corrigenda, Indices. Teil 1, Addenda und Corrigenda (2006).Find this resource:

(1–10) W. S. Anderson (1972–96).Find this resource:

(1) A. G. Lee, Metamorphoseon liber I (1953).Find this resource:

(8) A. S. Hollis, Metamorphoses: Book VIII (1970).Find this resource:

(11) A. H. F. Griffin, A Commentary on Ovid Metamorphoses, Book 11 (1997).Find this resource:

(13) N. Hopkinson, Ovid, Metamorphoses, Book XIII (2000).Find this resource:

Fasti

F. Bömer, Die Fasten (1957–8).Find this resource:

(T) J. G. Frazer, Publii Ovidii Nasonis Fastorum Libri Sex (1929).Find this resource:

S. J. Green, Ovid, Fasti I: A Commentary (2004).Find this resource:

E. Fantham, Ovid: Fasti Book IV (1998).Find this resource:

R. J. Littlewood, A Commentary on Ovid Fasti Book VI (2006).Find this resource:

Tristia

G. Luck (1967–77).Find this resource:

J. Ingleheart, A Commentary on Ovid, Tristia, Book 2 (2010).Find this resource:

Epistulae ex Ponto

Epistulae ex Ponto (1, T) J. F. Gaertner (2005).Find this resource:

L. Galasso, P. Ovidii Nasonis Epistularum Ex Ponto Liber II(1995).Find this resource:

M. Helzle, Ovid's Epistulae ex Ponto (2003), 1–2; comm. only.Find this resource:

M. Helzle, Publii Ovidii Nasonis Epistularum ex Ponto liber IV (1989), 4. 1–7, 16; comm. only.Find this resource:

Ibis

A. La Penna, P. Ovidi Nasonis: Ibis (1957).Find this resource:

Annotated Translations

G. P. Goold, Ovid (Loeb Classical Library, 1977–1989), complete texts.Find this resource:

Amores, Medicamina faciei, Ars amatoria, Remedia amoris, A. D. Melville, with E. J. Kenney (1990).Find this resource:

Metamorphoses, A. D. Melville, with E. J. Kenney (1998).Find this resource:

Tristia, A. D. Melville, with E. J. Kenney (1992).Find this resource:

Amores (with text), A. G. Lee (1968).Find this resource:

Heroides, H. Isbell (1990).Find this resource:

Metamorphoses (with text and extensive nn.), D. E. Hill (1985–2000).Find this resource:

Fasti, A. J. Boyle and R. Woodard (2000).Find this resource:

B. R. Nagle, Ovid's Fasti: Roman Holidays (1995).Find this resource:

P. Green, The Poems of Exile: Tristia and the Black Sea Letters (rev. 2005).Find this resource:

Classic English versions of Metamorphoses

A. Golding (1567).Find this resource:

M. Forey, Ovid's Metamorphoses (2002), edn. of Golding as ‘Shakespeare's Ovid’.Find this resource:

G. Sandys (1632).Find this resource:

K. K. Hulley and S. T. Vandersall, (eds), Ovid's Metamorphosis Englished (1970), edn. of Sandys.Find this resource:

S. Garth, J. Dryden and others (1717) in edn. of G. Tissol (1998).Find this resource:

Life and Times

R. Syme, History in Ovid (1978).Find this resource:

J. Fairweather, Classical Quarterly 1987, 181 ff.Find this resource:

Cf. A. Barchiesi, The Poet and the Prince: Ovid and Augustan Discourse (trans. 1997).Find this resource:

Broad Literary Collections and Studies

H. Fränkel, Ovid: A Poet Between Two Worlds (1945).Find this resource:

L. P. Wilkinson, Ovid Recalled (1955).Find this resource:

E. J. Kenney in Cambridge History of Classical Literature 2 (1982).Find this resource:

P. Hardie, A. Barchiesi and S. Hinds (eds.), Ovidian Transformations (1999).Find this resource:

S. Hinds, Ramus 1987, 4 ff. (repr. in Knox, below).Find this resource:

A. Barchiesi, Speaking Volumes (2001).Find this resource:

P. Hardie, Ovid's Poetics of Illusion (2002).Find this resource:

N. Holzberg, Ovid: The Poet and his Work (trans. 2002).Find this resource:

P. E. Knox (ed.), Oxford Readings in Ovid (2006).Find this resource:

R. Gibson, S. Green, and A. Sharrock (eds.), The Art of Love: Bimillennial Essays on Ovid's Ars Amatoria and Remedia Amoris (2006).Find this resource:

Literary and artistic reception

L. Barkan, The Gods Made Flesh (1986).Find this resource:

R. J. Hexter, Ovid and Medieval Schooling (1986).Find this resource:

C. Martindale (ed.), Ovid Renewed (1988).Find this resource:

S. A. Brown, The Metamorphosis of Ovid: From Chaucer to Ted Hughes (1999).Find this resource:

T. Ziolkowski, Ovid and the Moderns (2005).Find this resource:

A. Keith and S. Rupp (eds.), Metamorphosis: The Changing Face of Ovid in Medieval and Early Modern Europe (2007).Find this resource:

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