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'Times and their reasons, arranged in order through the Latin year, and constellations sunk beneath the earth and risen, I shall sing.'
Ovid's poetical calendar of the Roman year is both a day by day account of festivals and observances and their origins, and a delightful retelling of myths and legends associated with particular dates. Written in the late years of the emperor Augustus, and cut short when the emperor sent the poet into exile, the poem's tone ranges from tragedy to farce, and its subject matter from astronomy and obscure ritual to Roman history and Greek mythology. Among the stories Ovid tells at length are
those of Arion and the dolphin, the rape of Lucretia, the shield that fell from heaven, the adventures of Dido's sister, the Great Mother's journey to Rome, the killing of Remus, the bloodsucking birds, and the murderous daughter of King Servius. The poem also relates a wealth of customs and beliefs,
such as the unluckiness of marrying in May.
This new prose translation is lively and accurate, and is accompanied by a contextualizing introduction and helpful notes.
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Review from previous edition 'a thorough and meticulous work, distinguished by accuracy and fidelity to the Latin, and it will surely suit the serious Latinless reader who desires a reliable guide to this challenging and remarkable poem' Bryn Mawr Classical Review, 2012.04.36
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Publius Ovidius Naso (43 v. Chr.-18 n. Chr.) stammte aus einer Ritterfamilie. Er gab die politische Laufbahn zugunsten der Dichtung auf, wurde aber wegen moralisch bedenklichen Einflusses seiner Werke von Augustus im Jahr 8 n. Chr. ans Schwarze Meer verbannt. Bis dahin vom Glück verwöhnt, hat Ovid diesen Sturz nie verwunden und starb verbittert im Exil.
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Einband Taschenbuch
Seitenzahl 224
Erscheinungsdatum 11.04.2013
Sprache Englisch
ISBN 978-0-19-282411-0
Reihe Oxford World's Classics
Verlag Oxford University Press
Maße (L/B/H) 19,7/13/1,3 cm
Gewicht 168 g
Übersetzer Anne Wiseman, Peter (Emeritus of Classics Wiseman
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