Free Read [Philosophy Book] ✓ The Poems of Exile: Tristia and the Black Sea Letters - by Ovid Peter Green ✓


  • Title: The Poems of Exile: Tristia and the Black Sea Letters
  • Author: Ovid Peter Green
  • ISBN: 9780520242609
  • Page: 376
  • Format: Paperback

  • In the year A.D 8, Emperor Augustus sentenced the elegant, brilliant, and sophisticated Roman poet Ovid to exile permanently, as it turned out at Tomis, modern Constantza, on the Romanian coast of the Black Sea The real reason for the emperor s action has never come to light, and all of Ovid s subsequent efforts to secure either a reprieve or, at the very least, a transfIn the year A.D 8, Emperor Augustus sentenced the elegant, brilliant, and sophisticated Roman poet Ovid to exile permanently, as it turned out at Tomis, modern Constantza, on the Romanian coast of the Black Sea The real reason for the emperor s action has never come to light, and all of Ovid s subsequent efforts to secure either a reprieve or, at the very least, a transfer to a less dangerous place of exile failed Two millennia later, the agonized, witty, vivid, nostalgic, and often slyly malicious poems he wrote at Tomis remain as fresh as the day they were written, a testament for exiles everywhere, in all ages.The two books of the Poems of Exile, the Lamentations Tristia and the Black Sea Letters Epistulae ex Ponto , chronicle Ovid s impressions of Tomis its appalling winters, bleak terrain, and sporadic raids by barbarous nomads as well as his aching memories and ongoing appeals to his friends and his patient wife to intercede on his behalf While pretending to have lost his old literary skills and even to be forgetting his Latin, in the Poems of Exile Ovid in fact displays all his virtuoso poetic talent, now concentrated on one objective ending the exile But his rhetorical message falls on obdurately deaf ears, and his appeals slowly lose hope A superb literary artist to the end, Ovid offers an authentic, unforgettable panorama of the death in life he endured at Tomis.
    Ovid Peter Green
    Publius Ovidius Naso 20 March 43 BCE CE 17 18 , known as Ovid v d in the English speaking world, was a Roman poet best known for the Metamorphoses, a 15 book continuous mythological narrative written in the meter of epic, and for collections of love poetry in elegiac couplets, especially the As Love Affairs and Ars Amatoria Art of Love His poetry was much imitated during Late Antiquity and the Middle Ages, and greatly influenced Western art and literature The Metamorphoses remains one of the most important sources of classical mythology.Ovid is traditionally ranked alongside Virgil and Horace, his older contemporaries, as one of the three canonic poets of Latin literature He was the first major Roman poet to begin his career during the reign of Augustus, and the Imperial scholar Quintilian considered him the last of the Latin love elegists He enjoyed enormous popularity, but in one of the mysteries of literary history he was sent by Augustus into exile in a remote province on the Black Sea, where he remained until his death Ovid himself attributes his exile to carmen et error, a poem and a mistake , but his discretion in discussing the causes has resulted in much speculation among scholars.Ovid s prolific poetry includes the Heroides, a collection of verse epistles written as by mythological heroines to the lovers who abandoned them the Fasti, an incomplete six book exploration of Roman religion with a calendar structure and the Tristia and Epistulae ex Ponto, two collections of elegies in the form of complaining letters from his exile His shorter works include the Remedia Amoris Cure for Love , the curse poem Ibis, and an advice poem on women s cosmetics He wrote a lost tragedy, Medea, and mentions that some of his other works were adapted for staged performance.

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    Commentaires:

    Evan Leach
    “Writing a poem you can read to no one is like dancing in the dark.” EP IV.2 33-4.In 8 AD, Augustus sentenced the poet Ovid to exile. The cause was twofold. First, because Ovid’s earlier love poetry, particularly the Art of Love with its anything-goes approach to sex, conflicted with Augustus’ conservative social reforms. Second, a mysterious mistake or indiscretion, possibly political in nature, apparently rubbed the princeps the wrong way. It marked the end of a literary era. The last [...]

    Tony Gualtieri
    It's true that these poems are repetitive, locked in a theme of "get me out of here." At the same time, they capture the obsessive nature of exile, how it blinds one to present surroundings and makes vivid a nostalgia for a different time and a different place. Ovid writes of Rome and mentions Tomis only in passing, exaggerating its faults. Everything here is repellent, all would be well if I could only return. It is amazing that a poet writing 2000 years ago can so clearly capture these feeling [...]

    Nick
    Ovid was the bad boy of Augustus' Rome. He lacked Virgil's patriotic mythmaking or Horace's skeptical breadth, but his Latin is said to be more fluid than that of either of them. Ovid's youthful books are about love, common enough among Roman poets, but with a callowness beyond youth; one of them instructs women on applying make-up. After a middle age trying his hand at retelling myths, including the "Metamporphoses", August exiled Ovid from Rome for reasons that have not come down to posterity [...]

    David
    Although kind of a “one-note” work — I’m in exile and I hate it — one can hardly blame Ovid for feeling as he does. The contemporary translation seems excellent (at least the translator footnotes many choices in which he displays the original Latin, and his choices seem to me good at those points; I have not looked at it in a parallel edition, still less attempted to dust off my “slightly more antiquated than Rome itself” Latin vocabulary and read the original) and the sense of the [...]

    Michael Dworaczyk
    Why was Ovid banished to Tomis? Many theories are out there, but no one knows for sure. Augustus’ daughter Julia was banished at about this same time for her over-the-top promiscuous lifestyle, and we know that Ovid’s writings definitely promoted that sort of thing. Of course, she took it to the extreme. He was even asked by the emperor to “clean it up.” Of course, he refused. So did Augustus blame him for his daughter’s behavior? Was he directly involved as one of her paramours? Who k [...]

    Yvonne
    Sly sly Ovid, the master of playing with identity, portraying himself as a person that had as many 'misfortunes as the stars that lie between the hidden and visible pole'. Could I travel back in time, I would visit Rome and his exile Tomis, to find out what really happened and then return, keeping my mouth shut as to not destroy the myths surrounding this book.

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    4.5

    John Hall
    It must be noted that if you aren't a fan of sychophants or have no pateince for what seems like whining you should stay clear.If these things don't deter you then you are in for a scarcely seen spectacle. A person whose achieved all the trapping of success lamenting on the loss of their Eden. The first few books were ladled heavy in the the two points I noted earlier. It is upon reaching the latter books that one truly begins to marvel at the depths of despair. I (in my un-scholarly opinion) be [...]

    Roman Clodia
    I normally like Loeb translations of classical texts since they are accurate and authentic even where they translate poetry into prose, but this is one of the few exceptions where another translation is better than the Loeb equivalent.Green translates both the four books of the Tristia as well as the Epistulae ex Ponto (Black sea letters), and does a good job of making these difficult texts readable. Where Loeb is very stilted in English, here the texts flow.There are also extensive notes of a f [...]

    Eric
    After reading "The art of love," reading the poems of exile is a gloomy prospect. The easy wit and sparkle that seems to shine so comfortably is almost entirely missing, but Ovid's brilliance is still very much in place. As long as you get past all the flattery of patrons and the emperor's family, many of the poems are quite good, and have at their core a sadness and longing to regain a sense of place in the world. Ovid is still a strong poet, and this translation does a good job of proving this [...]

    Matimate
    The fall from the grace can be sometimes very painful and trigger the most interesting writings and poetry. Ovid was exiled to the small and compared to Rome, barbarian town called Tomis, modern Constantza, on the Romanian coast of the Black Sea. Lot of pain, lot of pleading all in vain. The poetry is like screams for something that never came. I like Ovid but his late poetry is not what floats my boat.

    Robert
    What I have to say here matters little because this is an immortal work by an immortal writer. However my only complaint was that Ovid's response to his exile. I bought this book expecting a more poetic treatment of the how's and why's of this but it is not that. But its perhaps my loss. What was the man to do but just write what he felt. Well worth reading.

    Liam Guilar
    It's a shock reading these after the Metamorphosis and the Erotic poems.whatever value they have in Latin, In English I think Ovid was right:Now I'm out of words, I've asked the same thing so oftennow I feel shame for my endless, hopeless prayers.You must all be bored stiff by these monotonous poems.

    ClifWiens
    Marvelous translation by the great classicist Peter Green. Apparently used by Bob Dylan when writing the lyrics for his 'Modern Times' album. Universal truths written in exile.

    Bianca
    No matter whether Ovid was actually exiled or not (there is some controversy on the matter), the emotion that speaks from these poems can be recognised and felt by anyone.

    Jordan Harbour
    Ovid is a bit pathetic as a writer at the end of his life. Don't read this unless you feel like being depressed.

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