The Poems of Exile: Tristia and the Black Sea Letters by Peter OvidThe Poems of Exile: Tristia and the Black Sea Letters by Peter Ovid

The Poems of Exile: Tristia and the Black Sea Letters

byPeter OvidTranslated byPeter GreenIntroduction byPeter Green

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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.
Peter Green is Dougherty Centennial Professor Emeritus of Classics at the University of Texas at Austin and Adjunct Professor of Classics at the University of Iowa.He is the author of many books, including Alexander of Macedon, 356-323 B.C.: A Historical Biography (California, 1991) and Alexander to Actium: The Historical Evolution of ...
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Title:The Poems of Exile: Tristia and the Black Sea LettersFormat:PaperbackDimensions:535 pages, 7.75 × 5.13 × 1.25 inPublished:January 18, 2005Publisher:University of California PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0520242602

ISBN - 13:9780520242609

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Table of Contents

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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"This is no small achievement. For the language-lover the translation provides elegant, flowing English verse, for the classicst it conveys close approximation to the Latin meaning coupled with a sense of the movement and rhythmic variety of Ovid's language."