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This quantity at the Roman poet Ovid (43 BCE - 17 CE) includes articles through 14 foreign students. Contributions conceal quite a lot of subject matters, together with a biographical essay, a survey of the main manuscripts and textual traditions, and a entire dialogue of Ovid's sort

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Viet. 16, Ter. Maur. 1753-1800). J. KENNEY elegy from epic is the pentameter, but it is precisely Ovid's handling of the pentameter that is central in any discussion of the style of his elegies. Ovid himself, in this witty conceit of Cupid's hijacking the role of Apollo, has slyly and allusively identified this crucial technical point. But there is more to it than that. 2 Virgil's poetic progress had been "from relatively small to ever greater compositions . . "3 Ovid's ostensible claim to have started with epic and abandoned it for elegy reverses this canonical sequence and implies a deliberate promotion of this comparatively humble genre.

26 That figure, for what it is worth, is broadly in line with the 61 per cent of the first book of Propertius;27 it was Tibullus, with 93 per cent of disyllabic endings in his first book, 19 Already in Ennius 75 percent of his hexameters "end in the classical Latin manner, the last two feet consisting of a dactylic word or word-end followed by a disyllabic, or a trochaic word or word-end followed by a trisyllable" (Skutsch (1985) 49). 20 Wilkinson (1940) 41-43; cf. Allen (1973) 186-88. For Wilamowitz it was the conflict of ictus and accent that constituted "the charm" of Ovid's pentameters (Wilamowitz (1972) 6:155).

In the words of Gilbert Murray, writing at a time when Ovid was distinctly unfashionable, "He was a poet utterly in love with poetry. . "13 It is a modern fallacy that preoccupation for laying down gas-pipes (How (1904) 120-21); the latter in his versions of newspaper advertisements such as the following, reproduced by kind permission of the Master and Fellows of Christ's College, Cambridge (Christ's College Post-Medieval MSS and Papers, Misc. D. Rouse, Box 113 (1), x): A fortunate purchase enables Fortnum & Mason to offer Havana cigars (mosdy Upmann's) of the 1922 crop, at less than cost price.

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