Brill’s New Pauly Supplements II - Volume 7 : Figures of Antiquity and their Reception in Art, Literature and Music

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Ovid
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(Publius Ovidius Naso)

A. Historical dimension

Publius Ovidius Naso, O. (43 BC–AD 17), born in Sulmo (Sulmona) in Central Italy, has been one of the best-known Roman poets ever since Antiquity. According to his own testimony, he gave up a political career as a young man to devote himself entirely to writing and poetry. O.'s way of life and literary production were interrupted in AD 8, when Emperor Augustus banished him from Rome to Tomi on the Black Sea coast. The precise punishment was relegatio, a milder form of banishment that still allowed the subject access to his assets…

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Simonis, Annette, “Ovid”, in: Brill’s New Pauly Supplements II - Volume 7 : Figures of Antiquity and their Reception in Art, Literature and Music, English edition by Chad M. Schroeder (2016). Original German-language edition: Historische Gestalten der Antike: Rezeption in Literatur, Kunst und Musik. Herausgegeben von Peter von Möllendorf, Annette Simonis und Linda Simonis. Serie: Der Neue Pauly Supplemente 2. Staffel, herausgegeben von Manfred Landfester und Helmuth Schneider, vol. 7. Stuttgart, Germany. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH (2013). Consulted online on 23 October 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2468-3418_bnps7_SIM_004685>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20160217



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