Ovid before Exile: Art and Punishment in the Metamorphoses by Patricia JohnsonOvid before Exile: Art and Punishment in the Metamorphoses by Patricia Johnson

Ovid before Exile: Art and Punishment in the Metamorphoses

byPatricia Johnson

Paperback | December 15, 2010

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The epic Metamorphoses, Ovid’s most renowned work, has regained its stature among the masterpieces of great poets such as Vergil, Horace, and Tibullus. Yet its irreverent tone and bold defiance of generic boundaries set the Metamorphoses apart from its contemporaries. Ovid before Exile provides a compelling new reading of the epic, examining the text in light of circumstances surrounding the final years of Augustus’ reign, a time when a culture of poets and patrons was in sharp decline, discouraging and even endangering artistic freedom of expression.
    Patricia J. Johnson demonstrates how the production of art—specifically poetry—changed dramatically during the reign of Augustus. By Ovid’s final decade in Rome, the atmosphere for artistic work had transformed, leading to a drop in poetic production of quality. Johnson shows how Ovid, in the episodes of artistic creation that anchor his Metamorphoses, responded to his audience and commented on artistic circumstances in Rome.
Patricia J. Johnson is associate professor of classical studies at Boston University.
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Title:Ovid before Exile: Art and Punishment in the MetamorphosesFormat:PaperbackDimensions:200 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.6 inPublished:December 15, 2010Publisher:University Of Wisconsin PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:029922404X

ISBN - 13:9780299224042

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction
1 Ovid's Artists
2 The Poetic Contest: Metamorphoses 5
3 The Weaving Contest: Metamorphoses 6
4 Songs from Hell: Metamorphoses 10
5 Ovid Anticipates Exile

Notes
Bibliography
Index
Index Locorum

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“[A]n engagingly-written and well-constructed book which should be of interest to students and scholars of Ovid alike.”—Rebecca Armstrong, Journal of Roman Studies