By Peter E. Knox
A better half to Ovid is a complete evaluation of 1 of the main influential poets of classical antiquity.Features greater than 30 newly commissioned chapters via famous students writing of their parts of specializationIlluminates a variety of facets of Ovid's paintings, equivalent to construction, style, and stylePresents interpretive essays on key poems and collections of poemsIncludes distinct discussions of Ovid's basic literary affects and his reception in English literatureProvides a chronology of key literary and historic occasions in the course of Ovid's lifetime
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11–12) from three works spread across at least a decade from Amores, reissued before 2 BCE, to Metamorphoses, allegedly, unﬁnished in 8 CE. Seneca’s other discussions are supplementary rather than deﬁnitive. In Contr. 7 he reports a criticism of the tasteless Alﬁus Flavius’ ‘he was his own nurture and loss’, borrowed from Ovid’s ﬁnal epigrammatic verdict on Erysichthon (Met. 877–8 ‘he began to dismember his own limbs with tearing bites and fed his body, poor fool, by stripping it’). The critic, Cestius, noted that the thought came from ‘the fellow who ﬁlled our generation not only with lover’s manuals but lover’s sentiments’.
And in his posthumous edition of the Aeneid, Varius consecrated his fraternal friend as the true new Roman Homer. In his gesture of breaking with the canon of great national literature, Catullus had opened the way to the ambition of future poets to provide Rome with a new canon of works, which would combine the new requirements of neoterism on the levels of research into subjectivity, and stylistic elegance, with the breadth and the depth of a literature that intended to represent the cultural patrimony of a nation (Citroni 2006: 211–34).
And Horace soon obtained access to the system of literary patronage, founded on the social prestige of literary culture, which made it convenient for an inﬂuential public ﬁgure to grant economic support to skillful writers. Thanks to this system, the great Augustan poets obtained comforts and social credit: but none of them, not even Horace, depended on this in order to survive. Horace himself became an eques in the year 42 BC, when he received a military rank from Brutus, which implied membership of the equestrian order: the civil wars were, in reality, an important cause of social mobility, and determined both sudden falls and sudden rises, depending on the personal faithfulness demonstrated toward losers or winners.