By Peter E. Knox

ISBN-10: 1405141832

ISBN-13: 9781405141833

A better half to Ovid is a finished evaluation of 1 of the main influential poets of classical antiquity.Features greater than 30 newly commissioned chapters through famous students writing of their components of specializationIlluminates numerous facets of Ovid's paintings, equivalent to construction, style, and stylePresents interpretive essays on key poems and collections of poemsIncludes designated discussions of Ovid's basic literary impacts 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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Tac. Dial. 2), and the fact that Horace was pointed out by passers-by in the street (Carm. 22–3), are not incompatible with the fact that only a restricted minority of the population could read such complex works from beginning to end, and appreciate every aspect of them. In reality, thanks to their school education, or to a knowledge of how to read and write acquired for ‘professional’ reasons, many members of the middle and lower classes were capable at least of reading some parts of these texts, and were stimulated to do so by the social prestige connected with the practice of reading, and by a desire to have a part, in this way, in the customs of the classes that they were trying to emulate.

In the past it was mostly in their use of rhythm and meter, but now rhythm itself has grown more frequent among orators too. For whatever is subject to measurement by the ears, even if it is not verse—for that would be a fault in prose—is called number, or as the Greeks say, rhythm . . And yet this is not the poet’s most important achievement, even if he is all the more praiseworthy for aiming at the virtues of an orator when he is more limited by verse. For myself, even if the style of some poets is both noble and rich, I hold that they have more freedom than us in coining and compounding words, and yet some of them still pay more heed to sound effects than sense.

Carm. 6). From the age of the triumvirate, there- Poetry in Augustan Rome 25 fore, epic poetry was a part of the program of the poets of Maecenas’ circle. Most of them preferred to limit themselves to less demanding genres, but the need for Rome to have a modern epic poem was felt before Augustus started to govern Rome. Only a few years later, Rome had, thanks to that group of poets, its Roman Hesiod with the Georgics, its Roman Alcaeus with the Odes by Horace, and its Roman Callimachus with Propertius.

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