The Offense Of Love: <i>ars Amatoria</i>, <i>remedia Amoris</i>, And <i>tristia</i> 2 by Julia D. OvidThe Offense Of Love: <i>ars Amatoria</i>, <i>remedia Amoris</i>, And <i>tristia</i> 2 by Julia D. Ovid

The Offense Of Love: <i>ars Amatoria</i>, <i>remedia Amoris</i>, And <i>tristia</i> 2

byJulia D. OvidTranslated byJulia D. Hejduk

Paperback | January 20, 2015

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Ovid's Art of Love (Ars Amatoria) and its sequel Remedies for Love (Remedia Amoris) are among the most notorious poems of the ancient world. In AD 8, the emperor Augustus exiled Ovid to the shores of the Black Sea for "a poem and a mistake." Whatever the mistake may have been, the poem was certainly the Ars Amatoria, which the emperor found a bit too immoral.
            In exile, Ovid composed Sad Things (Tristia), which included a defense of his life and work as brilliant and cheeky as his controversial love manuals. In a poem addressed to Augustus (Tristia 2), he argues, "Since all of life and literature is one long, steamy sex story, why single poor Ovid out?" While seemingly groveling at the emperor's feet, he creates an image of Augustus as capricious tyrant and himself as suffering artist that wins over every reader (except the one to whom it was addressed).
            Bringing together translations of the Ars Amatoria, Remedia Amoris, and Tristia 2, Julia Dyson Hejduk's The Offense of Love is the first book to include both the offense and the defense of Ovid's amatory work in a single volume. Hejduk's elegant and accurate translations, helpful notes, and comprehensive introduction will guide readers through Ovid's wickedly witty poetic tour of the literature, mythology, topography, religion, politics, and (of course) sexuality of ancient Rome.

Finalist, National Translation Award, American Literary Translators Association 

A Choice Outstanding Academic Book
Ovid (Publius Ovidius Naso, 43 BC–AD 17) was a popular Roman poet best known for his multivolume poem of myth and history, Metamorphoses. Julia Dyson Hejduk is a professor of classics at Baylor University. She is the author of Clodia: A Sourcebook and King of the Wood: The Sacrificial Victor in Virgil's “Aeneid.”
Title:The Offense Of Love: <i>ars Amatoria</i>, <i>remedia Amoris</i>, And <i>tristia</i> 2Format:PaperbackDimensions:294 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.8 inPublished:January 20, 2015Publisher:University of Wisconsin PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0299302040

ISBN - 13:9780299302047

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Table of Contents

Some Notes on the Notes                    
            Why Read This Book (and This Introduction)?                       
            Myth and Lit 101                   
            When the Praeceptor Reads                
            Fifty Shades of Metaphor                    
            The Illicit Sex Tour of Roman Topography and Religion                    
            Ovid's Exile: Fact and Fiction              
Ars Amatoria: Book 1             
Ars Amatoria: Book 2             
Ars Amatoria: Book 3             
Remedia Amoris                     
Tristia: Book 2            

Editorial Reviews

“A translation which is very readable without drawing unnecessary attention to itself. . . . Dyson Hejduk is also thoroughly familiar with recent scholarship on [these] poems.”—Times Literary Supplement