Fasti

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"Times and their reasons, arranged in order through the Latin year, and constellations sunk beneath the earth and risen, I shall sing."

Ovid's poetical calendar of the Roman year is both a day-by-day account of festivals and observances and their origins, and a delightful retelling of myths and legends associated with particular dates. Written in the late years of the emperor Augustus, and cut short when the emperor sent the poet into exile, the poem's tone ranges from tragedy ...

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"Times and their reasons, arranged in order through the Latin year, and constellations sunk beneath the earth and risen, I shall sing."

Ovid's poetical calendar of the Roman year is both a day-by-day account of festivals and observances and their origins, and a delightful retelling of myths and legends associated with particular dates. Written in the late years of the emperor Augustus, and cut short when the emperor sent the poet into exile, the poem's tone ranges from tragedy to farce, and its subject matter from astronomy and obscure ritual to Roman history and Greek mythology. Among the stories Ovid tells at length are those of Arion and the dolphin, the rape of Lucretia, the shield that fell from heaven, the adventures of Dido's sister, the Great Mother's journey to Rome, the killing of Remus, the bloodsucking birds, and the murderous daughter of King Servius. The poem also relates a wealth of customs and beliefs, such as the unluckiness of marrying in May.

This lively new edition by Anne and Peter Wiseman is the only modern prose translation of Ovid's Fasti and also the most accurate. The Wisemans also include an informative introduction to the calendar, numerous helpful notes, a detailed index of names, and a glossary of Latin terms.

About the Series: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the broadest spectrum of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, voluminous notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.

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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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780192824110
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 4/6/2013
  • Series: Oxford World's Classics Series
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 1,373,025
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 7.60 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Anne Wiseman and Peter Wiseman, Emeritus Professor of Classics, University of Exeter

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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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    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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