Ovid's Early Poetry: From his Single Heroides to his Remedia Amoris

Ovid's Early Poetry: From his Single Heroides to his Remedia Amoris

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Thea S. Thorsen
Cambridge University Press, 12/11/2014
EAN 9781107040410, ISBN10: 1107040418

Hardcover, 236 pages, 22.8 x 15.2 x 1.4 cm
Language: English

Ovid is one of the greatest poets in the Classical tradition and Western literature. This book represents the most comprehensive study to date of his early output as a unified literary production. Firstly, the book proposes new ways of organising this part of Ovid's poetic career, the chronology of which is notoriously difficult to establish. Next, by combining textual criticism with issues relating to manuscript transmission, the book decisively counters arguments levelled against the authenticity of Heroides 15, which consequently allows for a revaluation of Ovid's early output. Furthermore, by focusing on the literary device of allusion, the book stresses the importance of Ovid's single Heroides 1-15 in relationship with his Amores I-III, Ars amatoria I-III and Remedia amoris. Finally, the book identifies three kinds of Ovidian poetics that are found in his early poetry and that point towards the works of myth and exile that followed in his later career.

1. Dating the young Ovid
2. Ovidian signatures and the single Heroides
3. The last of the great Roman poets - with the latest news
4. The authenticity of Heroides 15
5. Sappho among heroines
6. Sapphic self-reflections in Ovid's Amores
7. Art, being and nothingness in Ovid's Ars amatoria and Remedia amoris
8. The creation of a poet.