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Ovid in Augustan Tomis

Ovid in Augustan Tomis ABSTRACT: Ovid enacts his own poetic biography in his letters from Tomis, with implications for his ostensibly fawning position towards the princeps . Ovidian seafaring language in Tristia 1 recreates the circumstances under which carmina led to relegatio , while his resurrection of the Hero and Leander myth ( Tr . 3.10 from Heroides 18 and 19) reflects the impossibility of his pre-exilic themes being continued in Tomis. Such a focus on the intersection between poetry and reality necessitates a reconsideration of Ovid’s Augustus, and renders the poet’s encomium at P . 4.13 a condemnation of the emperor as little more than a malus interpres . http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Syllecta Classica Department of Classics @ the University of Iowa

Ovid in Augustan Tomis

Syllecta Classica , Volume 25 (25) – May 14, 2014

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ABSTRACT: Ovid enacts his own poetic biography in his letters from Tomis, with implications for his ostensibly fawning position towards the princeps . Ovidian seafaring language in Tristia 1 recreates the circumstances under which carmina led to relegatio , while his resurrection of the Hero and Leander myth ( Tr . 3.10 from Heroides 18 and 19) reflects the impossibility of his pre-exilic themes being continued in Tomis. Such a focus on the intersection between poetry and reality necessitates a reconsideration of Ovid’s Augustus, and renders the poet’s encomium at P . 4.13 a condemnation of the emperor as little more than a malus interpres .

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Published: May 14, 2014

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