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Ovid

K. Sara Myers

in Classics

ISBN: 9780195389661
Published online December 2009 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/obo/9780195389661-0039
Ovid

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All of Ovid’s poetry bears the hallmarks of his distinctive style: humor, wit (often expressed through word play), great literary learning displayed with a light touch, self-awareness and literary self-consciousness (often characterized as irony), and a profound interest in the human condition. His extensive and varied poetic career exhibits his ability to innovate and manipulate the conventions and content of a range of literary genres, mainly through the expansion of the range of elegy. Ovid’s dense intertextuality also reveals him as a masterful interpreter of the earlier Greek and Latin literary tradition. Once viewed as apolitical, Ovid’s works are now read as challenging, commenting, and engaging with Augustus’s ongoing transformation of Roman cultural and political institutions.

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Subjects: Classical Studies ; Classical Art and Architecture ; Classical History ; Classical Literature ; Classical Philosophy

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