Fasti

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No one, I should think, who has even done nothing more than look into Ovid's Fasti, will refuse his assent to the following words of Hercules Ciofanus, one of the earliest editors of this poem: Ex omnibus, says he, veterum poetarum monumentis nullum hodierno die exstat opus, quod, aut eruditione aut rebus quae ad Romanam antiquitatem cognoscendam pertineant, hos Ovidii Fastorum libros antecellat. In effect we have here ancient Roman history, religion, mythology, manners and customs, and moreover much Grecian ...
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No one, I should think, who has even done nothing more than look into Ovid's Fasti, will refuse his assent to the following words of Hercules Ciofanus, one of the earliest editors of this poem: Ex omnibus, says he, veterum poetarum monumentis nullum hodierno die exstat opus, quod, aut eruditione aut rebus quae ad Romanam antiquitatem cognoscendam pertineant, hos Ovidii Fastorum libros antecellat. In effect we have here ancient Roman history, religion, mythology, manners and customs, and moreover much Grecian mythology, and that portion of the ancient astronomy which regards the rising and setting of the different constellations. These altogether form a wide field of knowledge; and in my opinion there is not, in the whole compass of classical literature, a work better calculated to be put into the hands of students.
Accordingly the Fasti are read at some of our great public schools and at several of the private ones, and I have lately had the gratification of seeing this very edition adopted at one of the most eminent of the great schools. The name of the master of that school, did I feel myself at liberty to mention it, would be a warrant for the goodness, at least the relative goodness, of the present edition.
At the same time I will candidly confess that the work falls far short of my own ideas of perfection in this department of literature. Circumstances, which it is needless to mention, caused it to be executed in a very hurried manner and without the necessary apparatus of books. It was in fact undertaken, written, and printed in little more than two months. This is mentioned in explanation of, not in excuse for, its defects-for no such excuse should be admitted.
The text is that of Krebs, the latest German editor; from which however I have occasionally departed, especially in the punctuation. In the notes will be found the most important various readings of the fifty-eight MSS. of this poem which have been collated. I have also adopted the Calendar of Krebs' edition, as being on the whole the best, and as its copiousness enables it to supply the place of arguments to the several books.
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Llewelyn Morgan
Ovid's poem on the Roman calendar is now fully rehabilated as a text displaying the wittiest poet of antiquity at his lucid, subversive, scintillating best: a selective and much embellished account of the Roman ritual year, one book per month, either lost after the end of June, or aborted by the poet, ahead of the politically sensitive months names after Julius (Caesar) and Augustus.
Times Literary Supplement
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  • ISBN-13: 9781499125313
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
  • Publication date: 4/14/2014
  • Pages: 150
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.32 (d)

Meet the Author

Ovid—Publius Ovidius Naso—(43 bce–ce 17 or 18) was born into a wealthy Roman family and became the most distinguished poet of his time. He died in exile on the Black Sea, far from Rome and his literary life.

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Table of Contents

Preface
Maps
The World of Ovid's Fasti
Greece in Ovid's Fasti
Italy and Sicily in Ovid's Fasti
Ovid's Rome: Major Sites and Monuments
Introduction
Further Reading
Translation and Latin Text
Summary of Fasti
Omissions from Fasti
Ovid's Fasti 3
Notes 165
List of Abbreviations 312
Glossary 317
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  • Posted November 1, 2009

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    Thhis is an outstanding book for anyone who is at all interested in the history of early Greek and Roman Literature. If you have a good understanding of the Greek Pantheon, you will appreciate Ovid's contribution all the more. Imagine yourself living and reading at or near the time that Ovid wrote. Imagine the world as it was and the way folks believed it could be. This is entertaining and ancient. This should be mandatory reading for every Freshmen High student or earlier. An outstanding translation definitely worth the time and money.

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    Hey EugeneTX, November 2, 2009 ( the 2 review)

    Either you are the worlds biggest geek or you are a teacher of some sort. I couldnt care less which you were. Anyway, I'll just cut to the chase. No one likes your opionis, nerd!!!!!!! Ha! Even i'm not that big a nerd!

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