Ovid Revisited: The Poet in Exile Jo-Marie Claassen

ISBN: 9781306722124

Published: May 22nd 2014

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Ovid Revisited: The Poet in Exile  by  Jo-Marie Claassen

Ovid Revisited: The Poet in Exile by Jo-Marie Claassen
May 22nd 2014 | ebook | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, talking book, mp3, ZIP | 305 pages | ISBN: 9781306722124 | 7.71 Mb

In time for the bimillennium of Ovids 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 Ovids exile. Some twenty articles andMoreIn time for the bimillennium of Ovids 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 Ovids 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 Ovids oeuvre, ascribing the poets resilience in the face of extreme hardship to the relief that his poetry afforded him.

An introduction considers the phenomenon of Ovids 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 Ovids 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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