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> Ovid: Fasti Book 3

Ovid: Fasti Book 3


Edited with Introduction and Notes by S. J. Heyworth, University of Oxford


Ovid is now firmly established as a central figure in the Latin poetic canon, and his Fasti is his most complex elegy. Drafted alongside the Metamorphoses before the poet's exile, it was only published after the death of Augustus, and involves a wide range of myth, Roman history, religion, astronomy and explication of the calendar. In its aetiology and conversations with gods, it is a Latin equivalent of Callimachus' Aetia. This invaluable new commentary on a central book of the…

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  • Introduces the full range of background topics required by students reading the Fasti, such as religion, allegory, mythology, topography, the Roman calendar and gender, as well as Ovid's own career
  • Provides help with appreciating Ovid's lively but challenging style, metre and play with genre, introducing students to the technical diction required to describe it
  • Pays due attention to the use of intertextuality and the transmission of the text, with Latin and Greek translated or glossed throughout

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