A Companion to Ovid / Edition 1

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A Companion to Ovid is a comprehensive overview of one of the most influential poets of classical antiquity.

  • Features more than 30 newly commissioned chapters by noted scholars writing in their areas of specialization
  • Illuminates various aspects of Ovid's work, such as production, genre, and style
  • Presents interpretive essays on key poems and collections of poems
  • Includes detailed discussions of Ovid's primary literary influences and his reception in English literature
  • Provides a chronology of key literary and historical events during Ovid's lifetime
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“The result is something quite extraordinary, a coherent and engaging treatment of the full corpus of Ovid’s writing in just under 130 pages . . . V. has produced an eminently readable, highly engaging introduction to Ovid, one that speaks to exactly the audience she had envisaged, in a voice both accessible and smart.” (The Classical Review, 1 October 2012)

“Aimed at the general reading public and at newcomers to Ovid, her book is also a delight for experienced Ovidian scholars, providing an engaging, attractive, and thoughtful overview of the poet and his works that shows why his oeuvre remains intellectually valuable as well as an enjoyable read. Fluent and accessible, the volume covers a great deal of ground with lightness of foot. Volk takes a thematic approach that cuts across individual works in productive ways, but the simple titles of the chapters – ‘Work’, ‘Life’, ‘Elegy’, ‘Myth’, ‘Art’, ‘Women’, ‘Rome’, ‘Reception’ – do not adequately convey a sense of the treasures that lie within their pages.” (Greece & Rome, 1 October 2012)

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Peter E. Knox is Professor of Classics at the University of Colorado. His publications include Ovid's Metamorphoses and the Traditions of Augustan Poetry (1986) and Ovid, Heroides: Select Epistles (1995), as well as many articles on a wide range of topics in Greek and Roman literature.

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Table of Contents

List of Figures.

Notes on Contributors.


List of Abbreviations.

Chronological Table.

Part I Contexts.

1. A Poet's Life (Peter E. Knox).

2. Poetry in Augustan Rome (Mario Citroni).

3. Rhetoric and Ovid’s Poetry (Elaine Fantham).

4. Ovid and Religion (Julia Dyson Hejduk).

Part II Texts.

5. The Amores: Ovid Making Love (Joan Booth).

6. The Heroides: Female Elegy? (Laurel Fulkerson).

7. The Ars Amatoria (Roy K. Gibson).

8. Remedia Amoris (Barbara Weiden Boyd).

9. Fasti: The Poet, The Prince, and the Plebs (Geraldine Herbert-Brown).

10. The Metamorphoses: A Poet’s Poem (E. J. Kenney).

11. The Metamorphoses: Politics and Narrative (Gareth D. Williams).

12. Tristia (Jo-Marie Claassen).

13. Ibis (Martin Helzle).

14. Epistulae ex Ponto (Luigi Galasso).

15. Lost and Spurious Works (Peter E. Knox).

Part III Intertexts.

16. Ovid and Hellenistic Poetry (Jane L. Lightfoot).

17. Ovid and Callimachus: Rewriting the Master (Benjamin Acosta-Hughes).

18. Ovid's Catullus and the Neoteric Moment in Roman Poetry (David Wray).

19. Propertius and Ovid (S. J. Heyworth).

20. Tibullus and Ovid (Robert Maltby).

21. Ovid’s Reception of Virgil (Richard F. Thomas).

Part IV Critical and Scholarly Approaches.

22. Editing Ovid: Immortal Works and Material Texts (Mark Possanza).

23. Commenting on Ovid (Peter E. Knox).

24. Ovidian Intertextuality (Sergio Casali).

25. Sexuality and Gender (Alison Keith).

26. Ovid's Generic Transformations (Joseph Farrell).

27. Theorizing Ovid (Efrossini Spentzou).

Part V Literary Receptions.

28. Ovidian Strategies in Early Imperial Literature (Charles McNelis).

29. The Medieval Ovid (John M. Fyler).

30. Ovid in Renaissance English Literature (Heather James).

31. Ovid and Shakespeare (Gordon Braden).

32. Ovid in the Twentieth Century (Theodore Ziolkowski).

33. Translating Ovid (Christopher Martin).



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