CLAS 3335 Ovid (Spring: 3 )
Ovid was one of Rome's literary rockstars, but he was also banished by the emperor Augustus for, according to him, "a poem and a mistake." In this course, we will explore Ovid's famously impish relationship with Rome's ancestral customs and the new Augustan regime, examining how Roman writers and politicians conveyed and contested national identity—sometimes cooperatively, sometimes uneasily, and sometimes in outright conflict. We will read in Latin primarily Ovid's Fasti—a poem ostensibly about the Roman calendar, but also so much more—supplemented with Latin readings of other relevant works of Augustan poetry.
Instructor(s): Christopher Polt
Last Updated: 30-Oct-17