Fasti

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"One of the fullest and most enjoyable sources of information on Roman myth and religion, the Fasti is both a calendar of daily rituals and a witty sequence of stories recounted in a variety of styles and genres, comic, tragic, elegiac, epic and erotic. Yet many of them contain uncomfortable political echoes. Augustus tried to control his subjects by imposing his own version of history and annual cycle of festivals on them, but Ovid - banished to the Black Sea - brilliantly debunks the official heroes and power structures. (After celebrating the
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Overview

"One of the fullest and most enjoyable sources of information on Roman myth and religion, the Fasti is both a calendar of daily rituals and a witty sequence of stories recounted in a variety of styles and genres, comic, tragic, elegiac, epic and erotic. Yet many of them contain uncomfortable political echoes. Augustus tried to control his subjects by imposing his own version of history and annual cycle of festivals on them, but Ovid - banished to the Black Sea - brilliantly debunks the official heroes and power structures. (After celebrating the emperor as a Jupiter-on-earth, for example, he deliberately juxtaposes a story showing the king of gods as a savage rapist.) Endlessly playful, this is also a work of real integrity and courage, a superb climax to the career of one of Rome's greatest writers."--BOOK JACKET.
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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: 9781490593265
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
  • Publication date: 7/1/2013
  • 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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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 3, 2012

    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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