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Heroides - Ovid

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Published: 14th June 1990
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In the twenty-one poems of the Heroides, Ovid gave voice to the heroines and heroes of epic and myth. These deeply moving literary epistles reveal the happiness and torment of love, as the writers tell of their pain at separation, forgiveness of infidelity or anger at betrayal. The faithful Penelope wonders at the suspiciously long absence of Ulysses, while Dido bitterly reproaches Aeneas for too eagerly leaving her bed to follow his destiny, and Sappho - the only historical figure portrayed here - describes her passion for the cruelly rejecting Phaon. In the poetic letters between Paris and Helen the lovers seem oblivious to the tragedy prophesied for them, while in another exchange the youthful Leander asserts his foolhardy eagerness to risk his life to be with his beloved Hero.

About The Author

Publius Ovidus Naso was born in 43 BC in central Italy. He was sent to Rome where he realised that his talent lay with poetry rather than with politics. His first published work was 'Amores', a collection of short love poems. However he was expelled in AD 8 by Emperor Augustus for an unknown reason. He went to Tomis on the Black Sea where he died in AD 17.

Introduction
I: Penelope to Ulysses
II: Phyllis to Demophoon
III: Briseis to Achilles
IV: Phaedra to Hippolytus
V: Oenone to Paris
VI: Hypsipyle to Jason
VII: Dido to Aeneas
VIII: Hermione to Orestes
IX: Deianira to Hercules
X: Ariadne to Theseus
XI: Canace to Macareus
XII: Medea to Jason
XIII: Laodamia to Protesilaus
XIV: Hypermestra to Lynceus
XV: Sappho to Phaon
XVI: Paris to Helen
XVII: Helen to Paris
XVIII: Leander to Hero
XIX: Hero to Leander
XX: Acontius to Cydippe
XXI: Cydippe to Acontius
Appendix 1: Principal Characters
Appendix 2: Index of Names

ISBN: 9780140423556
ISBN-10: 0140423559
Series: Penguin Classics
Audience: General
For Ages: 18+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 288
Published: 14th June 1990
Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 13.5  x 1.7
Weight (kg): 0.21