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The Poems of Exile : Tristia and the Black Sea Letters - Ovid

The Poems of Exile

Tristia and the Black Sea Letters

By: Ovid, Peter Green (Translator, Contribution by)

Paperback Published: 1st March 2005
ISBN: 9780520242609
Number Of Pages: 546

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In the year A.D. 8, Emperor Augustus sentenced the elegant, brilliant, and sophisticated Roman poet Ovid to exile--permanently, as it turned out--at Tomis, modern Constantza, on the Romanian coast of the Black Sea. The real reason for the emperor's action has never come to light, and all of Ovid's subsequent efforts to secure either a reprieve or, at the very least, a transfer to a less dangerous place of exile failed. Two millennia later, the agonized, witty, vivid, nostalgic, and often slyly malicious poems he wrote at Tomis remain as fresh as the day they were written, a testament for exiles everywhere, in all ages.
The two books of the "Poems of Exile, "the "Lamentations (Tristia) "and the "Black Sea Letters (Epistulae ex Ponto), "chronicle Ovid's impressions of Tomis--its appalling winters, bleak terrain, and sporadic raids by barbarous nomads--as well as his aching memories and ongoing appeals to his friends and his patient wife to intercede on his behalf. While pretending to have lost his old literary skills and even to be forgetting his Latin, in the "Poems of Exile "Ovid in fact displays all his virtuoso poetic talent, now concentrated on one objective: ending the exile. But his rhetorical message falls on obdurately deaf ears, and his appeals slowly lose hope. A superb literary artist to the end, Ovid offers an authentic, unforgettable panorama of the death-in-life he endured at Tomis.

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"This book fills a gap. There is no similar annotated English translation of Ovid's exile poetry. Thoroughly grounded in Ovidian scholarship, Green's introduction and notes are helpful and informative. The translation is accurate, idiomatic, and lively, closely imitating the Latin elegiac couplet and capturing Ovid's changing moods." - Karl Galinsky, author of Ovid's Metamorphoses: An Introduction to the Basic Aspects"

Foreword to the 2005 Edition
Preface and Acknowledgments
Map
Introduction Textual Variants
Abbreviations
Select Bibliography
Tristia Black Sea Letters
Notes and References
Glossary
Index
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ISBN: 9780520242609
ISBN-10: 0520242602
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 546
Published: 1st March 2005
Publisher: UNIV OF CALIFORNIA PR
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 19.51 x 13.21  x 3.25
Weight (kg): 0.52
Edition Type: Annotated

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