Selections from Ovid's Metamorphoses (Classic Reprint)

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On the question of the 'knightly and 'senatorial' careers. 'the distinction corresponds most closely, I think, to that which existed in the seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries between City and Court. The barrier between was not unpassable, but was not often in those days passed. So in Rome, I think, as a rule the Equites were content to see their children Equites, and still engaged in lucrative mercantile and speculative business, from which the Senator was excluded. Ovid's father, however, was ambitious, evidently. Cf. Bury, Student's Roman Empire, p.

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Publius Ovidius Naso (20 March 43 BC--AD 17/18), known as Ovid. Born of an equestrian family in Sulmo, Ovid was educated in rhetoric in Rome but gave it up for poetry. He counted Horace and Propertius among his friends and wrote an elegy on the death of Tibullus. He became the leading poet of Rome but was banished in 8 A.D. by an edict of Augustus to remote Tomis on the Black Sea because of a poem and an indiscretion. Miserable in provincial exile, he died there ten years later. His brilliant, witty, fertile elegiac poems include Amores (Loves), Heroides (Heroines), and Ars Amatoris (The Art of Love), but he is perhaps best known for the Metamorphoses, a marvelously imaginative compendium of Greek mythology where every story alludes to a change in shape. Ovid was admired and imitated throughout the Middle Ages and Renaissance. Chaucer, Spenser, Shakespeare, and Jonson knew his works well. His mastery of form, gift for narration, and amusing urbanity are irresistible.

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