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Classics: Ovid Banished

This page brings together important resources for various branches of study in classical antiquity.


Ovid among the Scythians, Delacroix

Publius Ovidius Naso 

        biographical article in Brill's New Pauly                                                               


Links to Especially Useful Books

Brill's Companion to Ovid

    See Ch.11 on Ovid's Exilic Poetry (Gareth Williams): succinct but well supported; full bibliography; look for Ars Amatoria in the Index Locorum to find more passages pertaining to the Tristia

Cambridge Companion to Ovid

    Thematic chapters include ch.6 Gender and Sexuality, Ch.9 Ovid and the Discourses of Love, ch.14 Ovid's Exile Poetry (a shorter version of G. Williams' essay in the Brill companion)

Speaking Volumes: Narrative and Intertext in Ovid and other Latin Poets

     by  Alessandro Barchiesi. Reads Ovid in relation to other Latin poets, treating portions of the Tristia in view of Horace, Virgil, and others. Ch.4, in particular, is largely devoted ot examining Trist.2 from various aspects. Look in the Index Locorum at the back of the book for Tristia under Ovid. The numbers in bold are page numbers within this book.

Ovid in Exile

    by Adrian Radulescu. The Romanian author is an expert on the ancient history of Dobrogea, gives an historical survey of Tomis and the Black Sea coast, with its inhabitants, at the time of Ovid's sojourn there. Ch. 5 discusses the reasons for Ovid's banishment.

Ovid in Exile

   by Matthew McGowan. Examination of the evidence for the process and causes of Ovid's exile in ch.2, especially. This book also has the useful Index Locorum.

Ovid and Augustus: a Political Reading of Ovid's Erotic Poems

    by P.J. Davis.  Critically examines what is meant by Augustan ideology, what Augustus intended, aspects of the Res Gestae, literary references and views of the Augustan golden age.

Ovid Revisited: the Poet in Exile

    by Jo-Marie Claasen. Includes analyses of tone, structure, technique and vocabulary of the poetry; compares Ovid's emotional expression with that of modern exiles such as South African anti-apartheid activist Breyten Breytenbach.

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