Fasti

Paperback | December 1, 2000

byA J OvidEditorAnthony J. Boyle, Roger D. Woodward

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Written after he had been banished to the Black Sea city of Tomis by Emperor Augustus, the Fasti is Ovid's last major poetic work. Both a calendar of daily rituals and a witty sequence of stories recounted in a variety of styles, it weaves together tales of gods and citizens together to explore Rome's history, religious beliefs and traditions. It may also be read as a subtle but powerful political manifesto which derides Augustus' attempts to control his subjects by imposing his own mythology upon them: after celebrating the emperor as a Jupiter-on-earth, for example, Ovid deliberately juxtaposes a story showing the king of the gods as a savage rapist. Endlessly playful, this is also a work of integrity and courage, and a superb climax to the life of one of Rome's greatest writers.

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On the surface, Ovid’s final poem appears patriotic, yet it quietly rebels against the emperor who sent him into exile, undermining his values and propaganda. A treasure trove of information about Roman myth and religion, Fasti is at once a calendar of daily rituals and a clever collection of stories in a range of styles and genres...

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Written after he had been banished to the Black Sea city of Tomis by Emperor Augustus, the Fasti is Ovid's last major poetic work. Both a calendar of daily rituals and a witty sequence of stories recounted in a variety of styles, it weaves together tales of gods and citizens together to explore Rome's history, religious beliefs and tra...

Ovid (43 BC-AD 17) was born 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. He was expelled in A.D. 8 by Emperor Augustus for an unknown reason and went to Tomis on the Black Sea, where he died.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:432 pages, 7.8 × 5.1 × 0.73 inPublished:December 1, 2000Publisher:Penguin Publishing GroupLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0140446907

ISBN - 13:9780140446906

Appropriate for ages: 18 - 18

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Table of Contents

Translated and Edited with an Introduction, Notes, and Glossary by A.J. Boyle and R.D. Woodard

Preface
Maps:
The World of Ovid's Fasti
Greece in Ovid's Fasti
Italy and Sicily Ovid's Fasti
Ovid's Rome: Major Sites and Monuments

Introduction
Further Reading
Translation and Latin Text
Summary of Fasti
Omissions from Fasti

Ovid's Fasti
Book 1
Book 2
Book 3
Book 4
Book 5
Book 6

Notes
List of Abbreviations
Glossary

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On the surface, Ovid’s final poem appears patriotic, yet it quietly rebels against the emperor who sent him into exile, undermining his values and propaganda. A treasure trove of information about Roman myth and religion, Fasti is at once a calendar of daily rituals and a clever collection of stories in a range of styles and genres, from comic to tragic, epic to erotic, all subtly presenting political opinions. Augustus attempted to control subjects by inflicting his own version of history and annual cycle of festivals on them. Banished to the Black Sea, Ovid ingeniously discredits official heroes and power structures.

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"Fasti has burst upon the scholarly scene as a work of tremendous importance for our understanding of religion under the Principate...have provided us with what must be seen as a new commentary upon the poem...But the real value of this new Fasti, of course, lies not in its front or back material but in the lively rendition of Ovid's own words...Boyle and Woodard have given us a fresh-sounding poem with updated diction." —Christopher Brunelle, Boston College