O16. Ovid's Ars Amatoria

O16. Ovid's Ars Amatoria - Classics 2123 The Roman Way...

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Classics 2123: The Roman Way Spring 2008 Ovid’s Ars Amatoria Readings: Ars Amatoria Books I–III I. Precedents and Heritage - AA meant to be seen as a didactic poem: long history of didactic poetry in Greek and Roman literature - first practitioner Hesiod (7th c. BCE); his poem Works and Days - later on didactic poetry becomes a place where the poet can show his erudition - choice of arcane themes: astronomy, poisonous reptiles - in Rome two important predecessors of Ovid: (i) Lucretius, whose de Rerum Natura ( On the Nature of Things ) expounded Epicurean philosophy; (ii) Virgil, whose Georgics is ostensibly a work on farming, viniculture, and animal husbandry - tradition of instruction in Latin love elegy: see, e.g., Amores I.8 (p. 97, Penguin ed.) II. Attitude towards and treatment of love in the AA - poetic persona adopted by Ovid is the praeceptor Amoris ( AA I.17 1 ) - in poetry before Ovid, love a furor (madness): cf. Dido in Aeneid IV - for Ovid a game, with rules - feelings important? See I.615 for the suggestion that game may turn into the real thing
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