By Peter E. Knox
A better half to Ovid is a complete review of 1 of the main influential poets of classical antiquity.Features greater than 30 newly commissioned chapters via famous students writing of their parts of specializationIlluminates quite a few features of Ovid's paintings, reminiscent of creation, style, and stylePresents interpretive essays on key poems and collections of poemsIncludes distinctive discussions of Ovid's fundamental literary impacts and his reception in English literatureProvides a chronology of key literary and historic occasions in the course of Ovid's lifetime
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The circumstances of Cicero’s three ‘Caesarian’ speeches show why: ﬁrst his thanksgiving to Caesar in the senate for pardoning Marcellus, next his defense of Ligarius for his services on the Pompeian side in Africa, and ﬁnally a speech delivered before Caesar in his home in defense of Caesar’s client Deiotarus against an accusation of conspiracy. Better to stay at home and practice declaiming with his young friends the future consuls of 43 BCE, Hirtius and Pansa—or to write works of literary history and theory.
Furthermore, epic and tragic texts used a solemn, rigid, artiﬁcial language, which abounded in bold, incisive effects, but was distant from common language. Also the language of comedy was artiﬁcial, a clownish caricature, and it usually presented rather conventional Greek settings. The need to bring poetry closer to the concrete experience of daily life was expressed with revolutionary energy by Catullus and his young poet friends (the ‘neoterics’), who operated in Rome, but almost all of whom came from well-to-do families of Cisalpine Gaul, that is to say, from those classes that were renewing the panorama of Roman society and culture.
Both in the case of Horace and of Virgil, the tendency to give their poetry a more openly general character, and the tendency to take on themselves, as poets, the moral and social problems regarding the community, can be seen from the early years of the triumvirate (in some of the early epodes and early satires by Horace, and also in the Eclogues, even if this is, in some ways, a ‘neoteric’ work). Already in Book 1 of the Satires, published four years before the battle of Actium (Serm. 40–9; cf.