Ovid Revisited: The Poet in Exile [NOOK Book]

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In time for the bimillennium of Ovid's relegation to Tomis on the Black Sea by the emperor Augustus in 8 AD, Jo-Marie Claassen here revises and integrates into a more popular format two decades of scholarship on Ovid's exile. Some twenty articles and reviews from scholarly journals have been shortened, rearranged and merged into seven chapters, which, together with some new material, offer a wide-ranging overview of the exiled poet and his works. "Ovid Revisited" treats the poems from exile as the literary ...
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Overview

In time for the bimillennium of Ovid's relegation to Tomis on the Black Sea by the emperor Augustus in 8 AD, Jo-Marie Claassen here revises and integrates into a more popular format two decades of scholarship on Ovid's exile. Some twenty articles and reviews from scholarly journals have been shortened, rearranged and merged into seven chapters, which, together with some new material, offer a wide-ranging overview of the exiled poet and his works. "Ovid Revisited" treats the poems from exile as the literary culmination of Ovid's oeuvre, ascribing the poet's resilience in the face of extreme hardship to the relief that his poetry afforded him. An introduction considers the phenomenon of Ovid's continued popularity, explains the importance of chronology in reading the exilic poems and gives a brief summary of the contents of the 'Tristia' and 'Epistulae ex Ponto'. The rest of the book ranges from consideration of Ovid's relationship with the emperor and with his own poetry, to his ubiquitous humour, to his skill in metrics, vocabulary and verbal play, and to his use of mythological figures from earlier parts of his oeuvre. The degree to which Ovid universalised the sufferings of the dispossessed is assessed in a chapter comparing his exilic works with modern exilic literature. An excursus considers various directions in Ovidian studies today.
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Claassen’s passion and enthusiasm for her subject seem indefatigable. In this book she has collected in one place a wide range of interesting and important topics that will appeal to anyone interested in Ovid’s exilic poems in particular or in exilic literature in general.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781472521446
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
  • Publication date: 11/20/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 304
  • File size: 4 MB

Meet the Author

Jo-Marie Claassen was Associate Professor in the Department of Ancient Studies at Stellenbosch University until she retired in 2001. She is a leading scholar on Ovid in exile and the author, inter alia, of 'Displaced Persons: the literature of exile from Cicero to Boethius' (Duckworth, 1999) and of many academic articles.
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Table of Contents

Introduction 1

1 Persons and personalities 29

2 Poetic nequitia: the constant factor 52

3 Ovidius poeta 76

4 Ovidian logodaedaly 111

5 Myth metamorphosed: Ovid's use and re-use of mythology 160

6 Ad nostra tempora: Ovid today 185

Excursus: Ovidian studies today 229

Appendix I 252

Appendix II 254

Vocabulary Table 261

Myth Tables 265

Index 284

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