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Ovid: Everyman Poetry


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Poetry by individual poets, Prose: non-fiction, Literary studies: poetry & poets

Rome's greatest poet, famous for his love elegies, and his narrative poem, "Metamorphoses".

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Publius Ovidius Naso was born in Sulmo in the Abruzzi in 43 BC. He was trained as a lawyer in Rome, but devoted himself to poetry. Later acclaimed as master of the elegaic couplet, he had his first literary success with a collection of love poems, the 'Amores', followed by 'Heroides', imaginary love letters from ladies to their lords. The Art of Love, appeared in about 1 BC. Ovid was banished in AD 8 by the Emperor Augustus for some unknown reason, to Tomis on the Black Sea. He continued to write in exile until his death.

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