(43 BCE - 17 CE / Rome / Italy)

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  • Fabrizio Frosini Fabrizio Frosini (1/4/2016 8:16:00 AM)

    Ovid was a profusely talented Roman author who achieved recognition for his numerous contributions to literature. He is also credited to have influenced future literature masterpieces’ of many great authors including the likes of Shakespeare himself.

    Ovid was renowned for a large number of his works.

    However, it was undoubtedly his three major collections of erotic poetry [: Heroids, Amores and Ars Amatoria] that were really celebrated. They were simply brilliant and inspired. He also earned fame as the author of the Metamorphoses; a mythological hexameter poem, which is believed to have inspired some of literature’s finest authors such as; Chaucer, Shakespeare, Dante, and Milton.

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  • Fabrizio Frosini Fabrizio Frosini (1/4/2016 8:15:00 AM)

    His first recitation was around 25 BC, when Ovid was 18. Initially, Ovid wrote in the elegiac tradition of Roman poets Sextus Propertius and Albius Tibullus, both of whom he revered. Ovid’s Amores are erotic poems based on Corinna – an imaginary woman; detailing Ovid’s love for her. Ovid went on to write the Metamorphoses, in 15 books; famed as a manual of Greek mythology. His Fasti is a popular, calendar telling the different Roman festivals and the myths associated with each. Ovid’s works during his exile are infused with melancholy and sadness and mainly talk about his longing for his former life and appeals to be released.


  • Fabrizio Frosini Fabrizio Frosini (1/4/2016 8:13:00 AM)

    In 8 AD, Ovid was exiled on the Black Sea, by Emperor Augustus for uncertain reasons that remain unexplained. According to Ovid, his exile was “Carmen et error” — a poem and a mistake. During this time, Ovid wrote two poems Tristia and Epistulae ex Ponto, depicting his grief. The five books of the elegiac Tristia, a chain of poems portraying the poet’s misery in exile and hoping for his return to Rome, are dated to 9–12 AD. The Ibis, an elegiac curse poem is also likely to be produced during this time. The exile poetry is moving and delicate. In the Epistulae he asserts that he has made friends with the natives of Tomis. However, he still yearned for Rome, his daughter and his third wife, as many of the poems are addressed to her.

    Ovid died at Tomis in 17 AD. In 1930 that town was renamed “Ovidiu “in tribute to him. Seeing that Ovid spent the final years of his life and literary work in what is now Romania, Romanian nationalists have dubbed him “The First Romanian Poet” and positioned him in the pantheon of Romanian national heroes. Ovidiu is a common male first name in Romania. Also, a statue honors him in the Romanian city of Tomis (contemporary Constanța) .

  • Saiom Shriver (4/11/2012 7:31:00 PM)

    Ovid with his Metamorphoses convinced countless numbers through the millenia to follow the vegetarian diet of
    Pythagoras, himself, DaVinci, Van Gogh, Rodin, Ramanujan, Buddha, and according to many Biblical researchers Jesus

Elegy For Tibullus

If Memnon's mother mourned, Achilles's mother mourned,
and our sad fates can touch great goddesses,
then weep, and loose your hair in grief you never earned,
Elegy, now ah! too much like your name.
That bard whose work was yours, who gave you fame, Tibullus,
burns on the mounded pyre, a lifeless corpse.
See Venus's boy, bearing his quiver upside down;
his bow is broken and his torch is quenched;
look how he goes dejected: his wings trail on the ground;

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