Publius Ovidius Naso

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Roman poet remembered for his elegiac verses on love (43 BC - AD 17)


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Since almost nothing has been recorded about the life, exile, and death of Publius Ovidius Naso, each chapter would not only integrate details of contemporary Roman culture and history with imagined scenes, the narrative would also draw on the fragmentary autobiographical moments as they figure in the Metamorphoses, as well as in Amores and Tristia.
of Tasmania) examines the relationship between the surviving poems--particularly the erotic works--attributed to Publius Ovidius Naso (43 BC-18 AD), and the political ideology that his contemporary Augustus developed and promoted as a means of justifying his unprecedented position of virtually unchallenged power as Rome's first emperor.
Publius Ovidius Naso was relegated to the far corner of the Roman Empire to a small city on the Black Sea, where he spent the last ten years of his life.
Could his phrase be merely his clever, if poignant, way of hinting, not at any one poem or misdeed, but at everything that made him Publius Ovidius Naso, the toast of Rome: successful and popular poet, bon vivant, and recklessly candid lover?
That's where the lights will come up for tonight's opening performance of ``Metamorphoses,'' Zimmerman's modernized adaptation of the ancient Roman masterpiece by the poet Publius Ovidius Naso - better-known to legions of college freshmen as Ovid.
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