By Peter E. Knox

ISBN-10: 1405141832

ISBN-13: 9781405141833

A better half to Ovid is a entire evaluate of 1 of the main influential poets of classical antiquity.Features greater than 30 newly commissioned chapters by way of famous students writing of their components of specializationIlluminates quite a few elements of Ovid's paintings, comparable to creation, style, and stylePresents interpretive essays on key poems and collections of poemsIncludes particular discussions of Ovid's basic literary affects and his reception in English literatureProvides a chronology of key literary and ancient occasions in the course of Ovid's lifetime

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Subsequently, the great Augustan poets were also subjected to these two opposing motivations, but instead of responding to them separately in different works, they tried, in each of their works, to achieve a difficult new synthesis. Both in the case of Horace and of Virgil, the tendency to give their poetry a more openly general character, and the tendency to take on themselves, as poets, the moral and social problems regarding the community, can be seen from the early years of the triumvirate (in some of the early epodes and early satires by Horace, and also in the Eclogues, even if this is, in some ways, a ‘neoteric’ work).

The dominant feature was the gradual, visible, relinquishment of all special powers, and the restoration of the traditional offices. But Octavian himself held, for several years consecutively, offices which in the republican tradition were annual, he held offices at the same time, which were only to be held separately, and he maintained lifelong high civil and military powers which were typical of republican offices, without ever formally occupying them, thus setting himself above all other magistrates.

But also at lower social levels, a knowledge of how to read and write was necessary for a Poetry in Augustan Rome 21 growing series of activities, in a society that was increasingly specialized in its functions and its trading, and the growing opportunities led people to seek a cultural preparation, and to demonstrate their ability to behave in the same way as the upper class, including the capacity to read (and write) literary texts. As long as the practice of reading literary texts was limited to the upper classes, the only ones taught to read and write, books were largely produced, thanks to the labors of educated slaves assigned to this task, in the houses of their authors or their readers, and they circulated as a result of private lending and subsequent copies and domestic transcriptions.

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