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Ovid and the Art of Love Publius OVIDius Naso born 20 March 43 B.C.E. in Sulmo (the Abruzzi) small town about 90 miles east of Rome one brother, only one year apart, dies in his early twenties public career abandoned; writes poetry “before he shaved twice” Elegiac Couplet Ovid’s myth of elegiac couplet ( Amores Poem 1): “Cupid stole a foot” poem begins with “arms” ( arma gravi numero ) mock allusion to Vergil’s Aeneid Elegy , first developed in Archaic Greece in seventh century B.C.E. Themes, intially funeral dirges, epitaphs and martial songs Greek word ( e e lege , speak woe) Roman Elegy themes are love and submission to women Roman Elegists Gaius Cornelius Gallu s, military general and poet 70/69-27/26 B.C.E . born at Forum Iulii (modern Fréjus on French Riviera) friend of Cicero, Vergil, and Octavian led one of the armies that conquered Antony and Cleopatra First Roman governor of Egypt (military success in region) suicide of Gallus Four Books of Elegy, only one verse survived until 1978 and papyrus found
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