Sorrows of an Exile (Tristia): Ovid - Sorrows Of An Exile (tr

Hardcover | February 1, 1988

Editor.. OvidTranslated byA. D. MelvilleIntroduction byE. J. Kenney

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In AD 8 Ovid's brilliant career was abruptly blasted when the Emperor Augustus banished him, for reasons never satisfactorily explained, to Tomis (Constanta) on the Black Sea. This is a new translation of the five books of Tristia (Sorrows) which express his reaction to this savage and, as heclearly regarded it, unjust sentence.The title of the Tristia belies them: though their ostensible theme is the misery and loneliness of exile, their real message, if they are read with the care they deserve, is one of affirmation. Both directly and, as befitted the Roman Callimachus, allusively, Ovid repeatedly asserts, often with awit and irony that borders on defiance, his conviction of the injustice of his sentence and of the pre-eminence of the eternal values of poetry over the ephemeral dictates of an earthly power. These elegies are informed throughout by Ovid's awareness of, and continuing pride in, his poetic identityand mission. In technical skill and inventiveness they rank with the Art of Love or the Fasti. This is poetry as accomplished as anything he wrote in happier days and which demands no less critical respect.

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In AD 8 Ovid's brilliant career was abruptly blasted when the Emperor Augustus banished him, for reasons never satisfactorily explained, to Tomis (Constanta) on the Black Sea. This is a new translation of the five books of Tristia (Sorrows) which express his reaction to this savage and, as heclearly regarded it, unjust sentence.The tit...

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In AD 8 Ovid's brilliant career was abruptly blasted when the Emperor Augustus banished him, for reasons never satisfactorily explained, to Tomis (Constanta) on the Black Sea. The five books of Tristia (Sorrows) express his reaction to this savage and, as he clearly regarded it, unjust sentence. Their title belies them. Though their os...

E. J. Kenney is at University of Cambridge.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:206 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.71 inPublished:February 1, 1988Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0198147929

ISBN - 13:9780198147923

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`a sober and accurate translation of the Tristia in English rhymed verse, with notes calculated to help the general reader but not to confuse him...this work deserves popularity...the book is beautifully produced.'Gnomon 66(1994)