By Peter E. Knox
A spouse to Ovid is a complete evaluation of 1 of the main influential poets of classical antiquity.Features greater than 30 newly commissioned chapters by means of famous students writing of their parts of specializationIlluminates numerous facets of Ovid's paintings, corresponding to creation, 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 ancient occasions in the course of Ovid's lifetime
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Seneca’s only criticism is that Ovid neglected order in touching on each of the commonplaces (loci)—there must have been a list which pupils had to work into their text. 9): ‘the only problem is for you to allow husband and wife to care for each other: if you permitted them to love each other, you must also permit them to swear. But what do you think we swore by? 11): ‘I shall leave our country, ﬂee and live in exile, enduring the deprivation as best I can with wretched and cruel patience. ’ Did Ovid choose to declaim on this theme because it did not deal with the usual father–son conﬂicts but with defending a daughter, and that on the grounds of conjugal love?
The circumstances of Cicero’s three ‘Caesarian’ speeches show why: ﬁrst his thanksgiving to Caesar in the senate for pardoning Marcellus, next his defense of Ligarius for his services on the Pompeian side in Africa, and ﬁnally a speech delivered before Caesar in his home in defense of Caesar’s client Deiotarus against an accusation of conspiracy. Better to stay at home and practice declaiming with his young friends the future consuls of 43 BCE, Hirtius and Pansa—or to write works of literary history and theory.
Propertius retained memories of the Poetry in Augustan Rome 15 devastation of his region, Umbria, in 41 and 40 BC, and of a death that had occurred in his family. Tibullus may have taken part in the battle of Actium, and deﬁnitely served in the campaigns of those years, at the side of his patron, Messalla, who had passed over to Octavian’s side, at least from 36 BC on, after previously ﬁghting against him. But both Tibullus and Propertius wrote their elegies after Actium. Propertius became a friend of Maecenas in 28 BC, after publishing his ﬁrst book.
A Companion to Ovid (Blackwell Companions to the Ancient World) by Peter E. Knox