Art of Love

ISBN-10: 048647660X
ISBN-13: 9780486476605
Edition: 2010
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Book details

List price: $9.25
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: Dover Publications, Incorporated
Publication date: 12/22/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 89
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 0.25" tall
Weight: 0.286
Language: English

Human nature hasn't changed much over the past 2,000 years, and this new translation of the Roman poet's witty guide to seduction constitutes a fresh, accessible approach to the classic that became the model for nearly every latter-day book on romantic advice. Includes 12 pages of vintage artwork from a 1930s edition.

Born of an equestrian family in Sulmo, Ovid was educated in rhetoric in Rome but gave it up for poetry. He counted Horace and Propertius among his friends and wrote an elegy on the death of Tibullus. He became the leading poet of Rome but was banished in 8 A.D. by an edict of Augustus to remote Tomis on the Black Sea because of a poem and an indiscretion. Miserable in provincial exile, he died there ten years later. His brilliant, witty, fertile elegiac poems include Amores (Loves), Heroides (Heroines), and Ars Amatoris (The Art of Love), but he is perhaps best known for the Metamorphoses, a marvelously imaginative compendium of Greek mythology where every story alludes to a change in shape. Ovid was admired and imitated throughout the Middle Ages and Renaissance. Chaucer, Spenser, Shakespeare, and Jonson knew his works well. His mastery of form, gift for narration, and amusing urbanity are irresistible.

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