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Ovid's Life and Works


  • 1. Francesca Farris
  • 2. Ovids Life
    PubliusOvidiusNaso, also known as Ovid, lived from 43 B.C. to A.D. 17. He was born to a family of the equestrian class.
    To put into perspective the time that Ovid lived, he was born a year after Julius Caesar was killed.
    Ovid wrote during the time of the emperor Augustus, the first Roman emperor. Augustus died three years before Ovid; after Augustuss death Tiberius became emperor.
  • 3. Ovids Life Continued
    A client of the Roman general and patron for the arts, Marcus Valerius Messalla Corvinus, Ovid was discovered as a poet by this man.
    The Messalla circle was a group of poets who were part of Messallas social circle as well as that of Julia, the granddaughter of the emperor Augustus. Ovid was a part of these social groups.
  • 4. Ovids Life Continued
    Ovid was friends with the poet clients of patron Gaius Maecenas, an advisor of Augustuss. Also friends with Ovid and clients of Augustus and Messalla were such poets as Horace, Vergil, Propertius, and Varius.
    It is believed that Ovid and Maecenas may have been rivals for the love of Julia.
  • 5. Ovids Life Continued
    In A.D. 8, Ovid was exiled to Romania, a Roman province at the time, by Augustus because of some pieces of poetry that he wrote (specifically his Ars amatoria, about the art of seduction) and the fact that he knew too much about Augustuss granddaughter Julias promiscuity, or was perhaps even involved romantically with her, as aforementioned.
    Augustus was attempting to morally rectify Rome and discourage adultery through legal force, so he banished both Ovid and Julia from Rome. Augustus was also angry because Ovid wasnt exactly praising him in some of his poetry.
    Statue of Ovid in Romania
  • 6. Ovids Works
    Heroides (The Heroines) poetry written in letter form as poems from mythological women to their lovers
    Amores (The Loves) three books of poetry about the erotic life of Ovid
    Medicamina Faciei Femineae(Cosmetics for the Female Face) a parody of the use of cosmetic drugs by females
    Ars Amatoria (The Art of Love) three books of poetry about the art of seduction
    Remedia Amoris (The Cure for Love) poetry written as advice to lovers about how to remove themselves from consuming passion
    Metamorphoses (Transformations) fifteen books of poetry about the profound transformations of mythological characters from the beginning of time to Ovids time
  • 7. Ovids Works Continued
    Fasti (The Festivals) poems about the creation of the Roman calendar and pagan Roman customs, such as celebrations, sacrifices, and seasons
    Ibis (The Ibis) a poem addressed to an unknown enemy of Ovids
    Tristia (Sorrows) poems of lamentations; written during Ovids exile in Romania
    Epistulae ex Ponto (Letters from the Black Sea) poems of suffering; also written during Ovids exile (see a trend?)
    Medea a now lost tragedy of which only a few lines remain
  • 8. Works Cited
    "Fasti (poem)." Wikipedia, the Free Encyclopedia. Wikipedia, 21 Apr. 2011. Web. 15 May 2011. .
    Gill, N.S. "Maecenas." Ancient/Classical History. About.com. Web. 15 May 2011. .
    Gill, N.S. "Ovid - Overview of the Latin Poet Ovid." Ancient/Classical History. About.com. Web. 15 May 2011. .
    "Ovid." UNRV History - Roman Empire. UNRV.com. Web. 15 May 2011. .
    "Ovid." Wikipedia, the Free Encyclopedia. Wikipedia, 5 May 2011. Web. 15 May 2011. .