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A Companion to Ovid by Peter E. Knox

By Peter E. Knox

A better half to Ovid is a accomplished evaluation of 1 of the main influential poets of classical antiquity.• gains greater than 30 newly commissioned chapters by means of famous students writing of their parts of specialization• Illuminates a variety of features of Ovid's paintings, akin to construction, style, and style• provides interpretive essays on key poems and collections of poems• comprises precise discussions of Ovid's fundamental literary impacts and his reception in English literature• offers a chronology of key literary and historic occasions in the course of Ovid's lifetime

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In the quasiautobiographical Amores there is a common rhetoric based on the axiom of the primacy and irresistibility of love. Once the love-god has provided ‘Ovid’ with a love-object, the structure of his poems is articulated around the persuasion of direct courtship, and indirect attempts to reach her through intermediaries and obstacles that must be persuaded to desist. 11–34, and then compare the courtship of Daphne by Apollo in a speech of about the same length (Met. 504–24). Am. 3 starts with the poet speaking to the audience and claiming his right to expect, if not reciprocal love, at least that the woman will acquiesce in being loved, and Venus will heed his prayers.

Propertius retained memories of the Poetry in Augustan Rome 15 devastation of his region, Umbria, in 41 and 40 BC, and of a death that had occurred in his family. Tibullus may have taken part in the battle of Actium, and definitely served in the campaigns of those years, at the side of his patron, Messalla, who had passed over to Octavian’s side, at least from 36 BC on, after previously fighting against him. But both Tibullus and Propertius wrote their elegies after Actium. Propertius became a friend of Maecenas in 28 BC, after publishing his first book.

Manuals either discussed material section by section, from proem to narration to statement of the issue to arguments and final summing up, or like the Rhetoric for Herennius, Cicero’s early On Invention, or Cicero’s mature and detailed On the Orator (Fantham 2004b), they moved through the five Aristotelian functions: finding the right arguments (heuristics, or inventio), arranging them in strategic order (dispositio), putting them into effective language (elocutio), memorizing the composition, and then delivering it.

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