Ovid in Exile: Power and Poetic Redress in the Tristia and Epistulae Ex Ponto

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BRILL, 2009 - Literary Criticism - 261 pages
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In response to being exiled to the Black Sea by the Roman emperor Augustus in 8 AD, Ovid began to compose the "Tristia" and "Epistulae ex Ponto" and to create for himself a place of intellectual refuge. From there he was able to reflect out loud on how and why his own art had been legally banned and left for dead on the margins of the empire. As the last of the Augustan poets, Ovid was in a unique position to take stock of his own standing and of the place of poetry itself in a culture deeply restructured during the lengthy rule of Rome's first emperor. This study considers exile in the "Tristia" and "Epistulae ex Ponto" as a place of genuine suffering and a metaphor for poetry's marginalization from the imperial city. It analyzes, in particular, Ovid's representation of himself and the emperor Augustus against the background of Roman religion, law, and poetry.
  

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Contents

Introduction The Redress of Exile
1
Chapter One Historical Reality and Poetic Representation
17
Chapter Two Crimes and Punishments
37
Chapter Three God and Man
63
Chapter Four Religious Ritual and Poetic Devotion
93
Chapter Five Space Justice and the Legal Limits of Empire
121
Chapter Six Ovidius Naso poeta et exul
169
Conclusion The Exiles Last Word
203
Bibliography
217
Index Locorum
233
Index Verborum
249
Index Rerum
253
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Matthew M. McGowan, Ph.D. (2002) in Classics, New York University, is Assistant Professor of Classics at Fordham University in New York City. His research focuses on Latin poetry, ancient religion, and the classical tradition.