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The Art of Love

Edited by Steven Green

Published in print January 2007 | ISBN: 9780199277773
Published online January 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780191708138 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199277773.001.0001
The Art of Love

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This collection of essays on Ovid's corpus of erotodidactic poetry from an international contingent of Ovidian scholars finds its origins in a major conference held at the University of Manchester in 2002. The contributors between them offer a series of perspectives on the issues that have dominated scholarship on the poems in recent decades: questions of genre, intertextuality, narratology, and reception; the socio-historical Augustan context for the poems; and the nature of ‘love’ as it is constructed in the poems. Moreover, the introduction provides a comprehensive history of scholarship on the poems in the last fifty years, in which the current papers are situated. As the first collection of critical essays on Ovid's erotodidactic poetry to appear in English, one final aim of the present volume (and its original conference) is to bring together the important cultural or national traditions – German, Italian, Anglophone (British, Irish, and American) – of scholarship on the Ars and Remedia that have so far existed largely in isolation.

Keywords: Ovid; Ars Amatoria; Remedia Amoris; love; didactic; Augustus; Rome; poetry; adultery; politics

Book.  400 pages. 

Subjects: classical literature

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