By Ovid, Roger D. Woodard
Written after he were banished to the Black Sea urban of Tomis through Emperor Augustus, the Fasti is Ovid's final significant poetic paintings. either a calendar of day-by-day rituals and a witty series of news stated in quite a few types, it weaves jointly stories of gods and voters jointly to discover Rome's background, spiritual ideals and traditions. it may possibly even be learn as a refined yet strong political manifesto which derides Augustus' makes an attempt to regulate his topics through enforcing his personal mythology upon them: after celebrating the emperor as a Jupiter-on-earth, for instance, Ovid intentionally juxtaposes a narrative displaying the king of the gods as a savage rapist. perpetually playful, this is often additionally a piece of integrity and braveness, and a very good climax to the lifetime of one in every of Rome's maximum writers.
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