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Ovidius Naso, Publius
(3,924 words)

(the Roman poet Ovid).

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I. Life

The primary sources for the life of Ovid are his poems (especially Ov. Tr. 4,10). From an old equestrian family, O. was born in Sulmo on 20 March, 43 BC; he was educated in Rome under Arellius Fuscus and Porcius Latro (Sen. Contr. 2,2,8; 9,5,17). After travels in Greece (Ov. Tr. 1,2,77-78; Ov. Pont. 2,10,21-28), he held minor magistracies, before abandoning an official career in favour of poetry. He was acquainted with Horace (Horatius [7]) and was a friend of Propertiu…

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Kenney, Edward John (Cambridge), “Ovidius Naso, Publius”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 20 June 2021 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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