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General Books LLC, 2009 - History - 292 pages
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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1870 edition. Excerpt: ... Eurydice wandering together in the Elysian fields, Met. 9.64 Hie modo coniurictis spatiantur passibus amho: Nunc praecedentem seqvitur, mine praevius anteit. 17. Silcmis is another of the constant attendants upon Bacchus, having acted as the guardian and tutor of the youthful god, custos fttmulusque Dei Silenus alumni. Hor. A. P. 239. The description here given corresponds perfectly with the representations found in ancient works of art, in which he appears as a fat, squat, pot-bellied, bald, snub-nosed, wide-nostrilled, half-tipsy old mani, sometimes riding upon an ass and grasping a ferula (vapSrj ), sometimes staggering along or lying asleep with a huge drinking-cup in his arms. Although the poets make him the butt and laughing-stock of the Dionysiac troop2, yet they invest him with the attributes of a bard and a philosopher also, as may be seen from the magnificent song put into his mouth by Virgil, and the strange legends regarding his capture by king Midas'3. We ought also to observe that Silenus, when taken by himself, is a well-defined personage, but that it is difficult to distinguish the Sileni, whom we find mentioned in the plural number as a class of deities, from the Satyrs. In the Homeric hymn to Aphrodite they are described as the lovers of the Nymphs, and in Catullus they are styled ' Nysigenae, ' i. e. ' born at Nysa, ' and are coupled with the Satyrs as forming part of the train of Bacchus. The whole of the passage here alluded to (64. 251) has been imitated by Ovid, and is in itself so beautiful and spirited that it well deserves to be remembered. i See also the pictures drawn by Lucian in his Concilium Deorum and his Bacchus. ' e. g. compare 32. 33-50. 3 Recorded by Theopompus, and copied from him by Aelian, V.H. 3. 18 and...

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Publius Ovidius Naso (20 March 43 BC--AD 17/18), known as Ovid. Born of an equestrian family in Sulmo, Ovid was educated in rhetoric in Rome but gave it up for poetry. He counted Horace and Propertius among his friends and wrote an elegy on the death of Tibullus. He became the leading poet of Rome but was banished in 8 A.D. by an edict of Augustus to remote Tomis on the Black Sea because of a poem and an indiscretion. Miserable in provincial exile, he died there ten years later. His brilliant, witty, fertile elegiac poems include Amores (Loves), Heroides (Heroines), and Ars Amatoris (The Art of Love), but he is perhaps best known for the Metamorphoses, a marvelously imaginative compendium of Greek mythology where every story alludes to a change in shape. Ovid was admired and imitated throughout the Middle Ages and Renaissance. Chaucer, Spenser, Shakespeare, and Jonson knew his works well. His mastery of form, gift for narration, and amusing urbanity are irresistible.

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