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By Geraldine Herbert-Brown

Ovid's Fasti has remained apparently missed as an ancient resource for the interval within which it used to be written. This new learn finds that the poem of a few 5 thousand strains at the Roman calendar, written and revised within the years among A.D. 4-16, offers scholars of the Augustan age with a wealth of knowledge, either concerning the writer himself, and approximately his cultural and political atmosphere. as well as revelations in regards to the manner within which Augustus and his kinfolk have been included into the traditional faith of town of Rome, and info of the decade of Augustus' lifestyles and the 1st years of Tiberius' rule, Herbert-Brown reveals within the poem new proof of the procedures which marked the transition from the Republic to Empire.

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Or is he in fact referring to one temple only? 2 If so, does he mean that it is the temple of Sospita on the Palatine next to the Magna Mater which no longer exists in his day? Or does 'procubuere' mean that the ruins are still visible? Either way, why is he making special reference to that cult and celebrating the anniversary of a temple of no further practical use? Especially when the whole entry is praising the work of the great temple restorer who himself promised that he had neglected no temple that had required restoration when he took on that task in 28 BC.

What is extraordinary is that Ovid continued to be subversive or innocently ignorant, even after the catastrophe of his banishment. The desperate exile was still able to commend his Fasti with pride to Augustus from Tomis (T 2. 32 The implication on those grounds is that Ovid did not share Wallace-Hadriirs opinion of his Fasti as a vehicle for panegyric in his day.

In response to the challenge the Senate and people conferred on him the title Pater Patriae, and had erected a triumphal quadriga with an inscription proclaiming the new honorific title. In his Res Gestae, 35, Augustus makes clear that he considered this achievement the apogee of his long career. Ovid is the only one of the great Augustan poets to live to see the completion of this monument. He is the only one of the extant poets to have been implicitly invited to compare the achievement of the present ruler with the more modest heroes of the Roman past.

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