Classics 2123: The Roman Way Spring 2008 Ovid’s Amores Readings: Amores (given by Book and poem number): I. 3, 5, 7, 9, 14, 15; II. 1, 4, 7, 13, 14; III. 7, 8, 15 I. Ovid (P. Ovidius Naso)-other great poet of the Augustan age-poet of love par excellence ; seems to have had little interest in politics, war, etc.-provides an alternative view of Rome and Roman life in general from Virgil-born in 43 BCE in Sulmo, about 100 mi. e. of Rome-like most young men of upper class from outside of Rome, he was sent to Rome for study-drawn into the circle of M. Valerius Messalla (a patron of Tibullus and Propertius also)-early poems in the field of Latin love elegy (below, sect. II)-earliest work: Amores , orig. published in 5 books ca. 20 BCE; 3-book selection survives-his only attempt at tragedy, a Medea , another early work, is lost; his Heroides , a series of imaginary letters from mythological (for the most part) heroines to their lovers survives -treatise on love-making, the Ars Amatoria
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