Ovid, Amores 15

Ovid, Amores 15 OVID, AMORES 15 BY W. S. M. NICOLL In his recent edition of Amores Bk. I 1) J. A. Barsby sees Am. 1 5 as "a sincere attempt to portray a genuine experience" and as "describing a straightforward act of love for its own sake". In this he echoes Wilkinson's comment-"a straightforward account of a successful act of love" 2). In view of the well known artificiality and numerous traditional motifs characteristic of much of Latin elegiac poetry a poem described as "sincere" and "straightforward" invites closer and perhaps somewhat sceptical attention. A rather different and, at first sight, more promising approach to the poem is that of Luck 3). He selects I 5 as an illustration of the characteristic qualities of Ovid's art which he sees as consisting largely "in the structure, in surprising transitions, in unexpected turns of the thought, in a brilliantly polished detail here and there". "The whole poem", he says, "is a little masterpiece". I would not perhaps wish to disagree too much with this statement as a general judgement on Ovid's art. I would, however, question whether Luck's discussion succeeds in demonstrating the presence of these artistic features in 15. He leads http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Mnemosyne Brill

Ovid, Amores 15

Mnemosyne , Volume 30 (1): 40 – Jan 1, 1977

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BRILL
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© 1977 Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
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0026-7074
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1568-525X
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10.1163/156852577X00248
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OVID, AMORES 15 BY W. S. M. NICOLL In his recent edition of Amores Bk. I 1) J. A. Barsby sees Am. 1 5 as "a sincere attempt to portray a genuine experience" and as "describing a straightforward act of love for its own sake". In this he echoes Wilkinson's comment-"a straightforward account of a successful act of love" 2). In view of the well known artificiality and numerous traditional motifs characteristic of much of Latin elegiac poetry a poem described as "sincere" and "straightforward" invites closer and perhaps somewhat sceptical attention. A rather different and, at first sight, more promising approach to the poem is that of Luck 3). He selects I 5 as an illustration of the characteristic qualities of Ovid's art which he sees as consisting largely "in the structure, in surprising transitions, in unexpected turns of the thought, in a brilliantly polished detail here and there". "The whole poem", he says, "is a little masterpiece". I would not perhaps wish to disagree too much with this statement as a general judgement on Ovid's art. I would, however, question whether Luck's discussion succeeds in demonstrating the presence of these artistic features in 15. He leads

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