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The poet and the prince : Ovid and Augustan discourse

Author: Alessandro Barchiesi
Publisher: Berkeley : University of California Press, ©1997.
Edition/Format:   Book : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Ovid's Fasti, a "calendar poem" on the holidays and feast days of the Roman calendar, was written in Rome and revised while Ovid was in exile on the barbarian frontier, banished by Augustus from the cultivated society of Rome that had been his delight. Ovid's work in exile evinces complicated motives; he addresses Augustus and begs him to lift the despised exile, but at the same time Ovid covertly critiques
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Named Person: Ovid; Augustus, Emperor of Rome; Augustus, Emperor of Rome; Ovid; Ovide; Auguste, empereur romain; Ovide; Auguste, (empereur romain ;; Augustus, Römisches Reich Kaiser.; Publius Ovidius Naso; Augustus, Emperor of Rome; Ovid
Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Alessandro Barchiesi
ISBN: 0520202236 9780520202238
OCLC Number: 36024000
Language Note: Translation of: Il poeta e il principe.
Description: xi, 292 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: pt. I. Arma virumque in the Mirror of the Black Sea --
pt. II. Ovid Writes Rome. 1. Calendar and Poetic Form. 2. Syntagmatic Tensions. 3. Paradigmatic Effects. 4. Genealogies. 5. Guarantors and Self-Destroying Information. 6. The Causes and Messages of Rites: Recuperation of the Antique. 7. The Satyric Element --
pt. III. The End.
Other Titles: Poeta e il principe.
Responsibility: Alessandro Barchiesi.
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Ovid's Fasti, a "calendar poem" on the holidays and feast days of the Roman calendar, was written in Rome and revised while Ovid was in exile on the barbarian frontier, banished by Augustus from the cultivated society of Rome that had been his delight. Ovid's work in exile evinces complicated motives; he addresses Augustus and begs him to lift the despised exile, but at the same time Ovid covertly critiques Augustus's "New Rome." Recent scholarship has concentrated on the oppositions between poet and ruler revealed in Ovid's work.

Alessandro Barchiesi transcends the opposition of Augustan and anti-Augustan readings of Ovid's work. Leading the reader through detailed assessments of and varied perspectives on Ovid's fascinating poem - a work shaped by important poetic choices and political considerations - Barchiesi reveals the poem to be far more than an antiquarian curiosity. He points to the use of Ovid as a poetic figure by modern writers around the globe, such as Antonio Tabucchi, Christoph Ransmayr, and David Malouf. Both scholars and general readers will find a newly meaningful and interesting Ovid in these pages.

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