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  1. Ovid: Tristia. Ex Ponto. (Loeb Classical Library, No. 151) (English and Latin Edition)
    Ovid: Tristia. Ex Ponto. (Loeb Classical Library, No. 151) (English and Latin Edition)
    Ovid: Tristia. Ex Ponto. (Loeb Classical Library, No. 151) (English and Latin Edition)
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  2. Ovid: Tristia. Ex Ponto. (Loeb Classical Library, No. 151) (English and Latin Edition)

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Ovid (Publius Ovidius Naso, 43 BCE–17 CE), born at Sulmo, studied rhetoric and law at Rome. Later he did considerable public service there, and otherwise devoted himself to poetry and to society. Famous at first, he offended the emperor Augustus by his Ars Amatoria, and was banished because of this work and some other reason unknown to us, and dwelt in the cold and primitive town of Tomis on the Black Sea. He continued writing poetry, a kindly man, leading a temperate life. He died in exile.

Ovid's main surviving works are the Metamorphoses, a source of inspiration to artists and poets including Chaucer and Shakespeare; the Fasti, a poetic treatment of the Roman year of which Ovid finished only half; the Amores, love poems; the Ars Amatoria, not moral but clever and in parts beautiful; Heroides, fictitious love letters by legendary women to absent husbands; and the dismal works written in exile: the Tristia, appeals to persons including his wife and also the emperor; and similar Epistulae ex Ponto. Poetry came naturally to Ovid, who at his best is lively, graphic and lucid.

The Loeb Classical Library edition of Ovid is in six volumes.

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Yeah, these poems are weepy and whiny and repetitive, and most readers will perceive as cloying the occasional patches of goal-oriented flattery (though they are balanced by passages expressing what seem to be sincere intimate emotions and, Ovid being Ovid, the occasional snarky sarcasm). But in the context of Ovid's total output, they represent a triumphant return to form and a fitting conclusion to a great career. If the accepted chronology for the surviving works is correct, after "Metamorphoses" Ovid seems to have gotten stuck in a bit of a rut--see my reviews for the Loeb and Oxford editions of "Fasti" for my own (not universally accepted) estimate of that unfinished poem as "going through the motions" rather than expressing the emotions. Ovid's exile was no doubt a disaster on a personal level but it got him on a new track as a poet. The "Fasti" was a pale reflection of the "Metamorphoses" but "Tristia" and "Ex Ponto" are... Read more
In antique Latin literature, writings composed by great men in exile evolved, over time, into the consolation genre. In utilizing this method, the author usually addressed his far away loved ones with soft elegaic poems or epistles intended to be therapeutic to both the sender and recipient. At times, this genre could even take on a sarcastic and vituperative tone. Enemies, rivals, and unfaithful friends or lovers, were commonly exposed to the exiled author's wrath. Some major figures in this tradition were illustrious men like Cicero, Seneca and Boethius. Within the scope of this epoch, Ovid plays no minor role. For the Tristia and the Pontic Epistles influenced many subsequent Latin authors, while continuing to be widely read and highly regarded throughout the Middle Ages. For certain, in the most unanimously favoured book of the Middle Ages, the Consolation of Philosophy, significant traces of Ovidian influence are quite apparent in the prose and poetry portions of Boethius' work... Read more
Ovid is sincerely sorry, we think, and he wants to get back into the good graces of his emperor. Alas, he does not get recalled from banishment. This is another must for the Loeb library and the must have for those who are looking for Ovid's autobiography.
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