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Ovid was one of the greatest writers of classical antiquity, and arguably the single most influential ancient poet for post-classical literature and culture. In this Cambridge Companion, chapters by leading authorities from Europe and North America discuss the backgrounds and contexts for Ovid, the individual works, and his influence on later literature and art. Coverage of essential information is combined with exciting critical approaches. This Companion is designed both as an accessible handbook for the general reader who wishes to learn about Ovid, and as a series of stimulating essays for students of Latin poetry and of the classical tradition.


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Ovid's career typifies the human condition so much that he has even been dubbed postmodern, as perhaps evidenced best by Mary Zimmerman's recent visionary Broadway staging of Metamorphoses. The 17 contributors to this highly polished collection provide 20 authoritative and compelling chapters on a host of key considerations, among them biography, contextual materials, imperial concerns with regard to authority, and issues of religion and gender (sex). Other topics treated include mythology, aesthetics, and landscape; separate chapters look at the major divisions and subjects of Ovid's work--the amatory, epical, narrative, and the political and social. Yet others provide extended critical commentary on the reception of Ovid's works, with particular attention to translation and adaptation in the medieval and Renaissance context and to inspired reworkings found in modern art and poetry. Along with a handy dateline on Ovid's life and works and a brief biography of contributors, a robust 28-page bibliography rounds out this eminently useful volume, which should be on the reference shelf of every library supporting work by Latinists, medievalists, and Renaissance scholars interested in the consummate Roman poet. ^BSumming Up: Highly recommended. Upper-division undergraduates, graduates, researchers, and faculty. R. Cormier Longwood University


Table of Contents

Philip HardieRichard TarrantPhilip HardieThomas HabinekAlessandro SchiesaroStephen HarrisonAlison SharrockFritz GrafStephen HindsAlison SharrockAndrew FeldherrAlessandro BarchiesiCarole NewlandsDuncan F. KennedyGareth WilliamsRaphael LyneJeremy DimmickRaphael LyneColin BurrowDuncan F. KennedyChristopher Allen
List of illustrationsp. x
List of contributorsp. xii
Prefacep. xvi
Introductionp. 1
Part 1 Contexts and history
1 Ovid and ancient literary historyp. 13
2 Ovid and early imperial literaturep. 34
3 Ovid and empirep. 46
4 Ovid and the professional discourses of scholarship, religion, rhetoricp. 62
Part 2 Themes and works
5 Ovid and genre: evolutions of an elegistp. 79
6 Gender and sexualityp. 95
7 Myth in Ovidp. 108
8 Landscape with figures: aesthetics of place in the Metamorphoses and its traditionp. 122
9 Ovid and the discourses of love: the amatory worksp. 150
10 Metamorphosis in the Metamorphosesp. 163
11 Narrative technique and narratology in the Metamorphosesp. 180
12 Mandati memores: political and poetic authority in the Fastip. 200
13 Epistolarity: the Heroidesp. 217
14 Ovid's exile poetry: Tristia, Epistulae ex Ponto and Ibisp. 233
Part 3 Reception
15 Ovid in English translationp. 249
16 Ovid in the Middle Ages: authority and poetryp. 264
17 Love and exile after Ovidp. 288
18 Re-embodying Ovid: Renaissance afterlivesp. 301
19 Recent receptions of Ovidp. 320
20 Ovid and artp. 336
Datelinep. 368
Works citedp. 371
Indexp. 399

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