By Peter E. Knox
A better half to Ovid is a finished review of 1 of the main influential poets of classical antiquity.Features greater than 30 newly commissioned chapters through famous students writing of their parts of specializationIlluminates numerous facets of Ovid's paintings, similar to creation, style, and stylePresents interpretive essays on key poems and collections of poemsIncludes particular discussions of Ovid's fundamental literary impacts and his reception in English literatureProvides a chronology of key literary and ancient occasions in the course of Ovid's lifetime
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The Georgics are dedicated to Maecenas, who is addressed as their commission client, and they celebrate the new Caesar: but this work, too, which was completed in 29 BC, was largely written before the battle of Actium. Horace, who was born in 65 BC, published his ﬁrst book of Satires in 35 BC, and Book II of the Satires and the Epodes in the year 30 BC, shortly after Actium; but many compositions in these two collections, and also some of the 14 Mario Citroni Odes (the ﬁrst three books of which were published in 23 BC), were written in the years of the triumvirate.
A crucial stage in this process of institutional ‘normalization’ was the cancellation of the triumvirate laws, at the end of 28 BC, and the restoration of the traditional ofﬁces with the assumption of the title of Augustus in January of 27 BC. Strictly speaking, this is the beginning of the ‘Augustan’ age. The subsequent stages (that of 23 BC is important) continued to enhance the personal role of Augustus, as the supreme governor of the state, both in view of the powers effectively attributed to him and as a result of his superior authority (auctoritas), which was universally recognized.
But also at lower social levels, a knowledge of how to read and write was necessary for a Poetry in Augustan Rome 21 growing series of activities, in a society that was increasingly specialized in its functions and its trading, and the growing opportunities led people to seek a cultural preparation, and to demonstrate their ability to behave in the same way as the upper class, including the capacity to read (and write) literary texts. As long as the practice of reading literary texts was limited to the upper classes, the only ones taught to read and write, books were largely produced, thanks to the labors of educated slaves assigned to this task, in the houses of their authors or their readers, and they circulated as a result of private lending and subsequent copies and domestic transcriptions.