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Ovid's Amores A Commentary

ISBN-10: 0806141441
ISBN-13: 9780806141442
Edition: 2011
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Description: Students of Latin have long enjoyed the poetry of Ovid, but his love poems, aptly titled Amores, have proved more difficult to introduce into the classroom. Curricular changes and increased appreciation of sophisticated love poetry are finally  More...

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Book details

Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press
Publication date: 1/15/2011
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 264
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.594

Students of Latin have long enjoyed the poetry of Ovid, but his love poems, aptly titled Amores, have proved more difficult to introduce into the classroom. Curricular changes and increased appreciation of sophisticated love poetry are finally making room for the Amores. This edition of the first book of the Amoresthe only one available for both intermediate- and advanced-level classesaddresses the needs of students of varying abilities and experience, helping them comprehend, and more fully enjoy, the rich complexities of Ovids poetry.

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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