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Elizabeth Pirinis September 25, 2009 Written Reflection Ars Amatoria Book 3 Ars Amatoria, written by Ovid, provides advice to woman about how to attract men with their beauty, grace and feminine talents. He begins by praising all woman, emphasizing their kindness and fragility. He blames men for being the ones who hurt them and lead them astray. Referencing a myriad of mythological stories he tells of the great things that woman have done for love. With a serious tone and colorful language, Ovid lays down his beliefs regarding how woman should behave and present themselves in public. By means of Ovid’s writing, we are given information about the inferior status of woman at the time as he expresses his doubts about their intelligence and value in society. Ovid primarily emphasizes that woman should maintain their appearance. He expresses that unlike men, woman can cover up their old age and prolong their apparent youth. He uses a metaphor in the form of trees shedding their leaves to describe how woman loose their beauty as they become older. As women have the ability to wear
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