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 The Erotic Poems : Penguin Classics - Ovid

The Erotic Poems

Penguin Classics

By: Ovid

Paperback Published: 1st June 1983
ISBN: 9780140443608
Number Of Pages: 464
For Ages: 18+ years old

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This collection of Ovid's poems deals with the whole spectrum of sexual desire, ranging from deeply emotional declarations of eternal devotion to flippant arguments for promiscuity. In the Amores, Ovid addresses himself in a series of elegies to Corinna, his beautiful, elusive mistress. The intimate and vulnerable nature of the poet revealed in these early poems vanishes in the notorious Art of Love, in which he provides a knowing and witty guide to sexual conquest - a work whose alleged obscenity led to Ovid's banishment from Rome in AD 8. This volume also includes the Cures for Love, with instructions on how to terminate a love affair, and On Facial Treatment for Ladies, an incomplete poem on the art of cosmetics.

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.

List of Abbreviations
Preface and Acknowledgments
Introduction
The Amores
The Art of Love
Cures for Love
On Facial Treatment for Ladies
Notes and References
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ISBN: 9780140443608
ISBN-10: 0140443606
Series: Penguin Classics
Audience: General
For Ages: 18+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 464
Published: 1st June 1983
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 13.6  x 1.8
Weight (kg): 0.33
Edition Number: 1