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Publius Ovidius Naso

* 20 March 43 BC - † Tomis, 17 or 18 BC

Ovid was the anti-establishment poet, the author of secularity who wrote about love rather than morality. He was exiled from Rome in 8 CE by Caesar Augustus, presumably for personal reasons, although the Ars Amatoria may also have had something to do with it, as the poem was banned from libraries, and while in exile Ovid feared the rest of his works might meet a similar fate. His popularity has however never waned, with only a slight dip in the 18th and 19th centuries, when he was thought of as too frivolous, and his Metamorphoses may be considered the most influental work of classical literature, bringing together all the mythological stories that artists in Western culture have drawn their inspiration from ever since. His most important sources were Homer, Virgil and Hesiod.

Ovid married three times. Little is known about his first two wives. The third remained in Rome and fought unsuccessfully for his return. There is a record of at least one daughter.


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