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3.0 out of 5 stars Ovid's least read poems?, 11 May 2010
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This review is from: Tristia: Vol 6 (Loeb Classical Library) (Hardcover)
This contains what might be Ovid's least read poems: the four books of the Tristia, and the Epistulae ex ponto, all written after his exile from Rome after upsetting Augustus with 'carmen et error' (a poem and a mistake) as Ovid confesses (perhaps not truthfully) in Tristia 2.207.

Perhaps the most interesting is Tristia 2 which outlines a theory of reading and reception, especially of so-called 'immoral' literature such as Ovid's own sexually-explicit Ars Amatoria (Art of Love) and which locates any corruption firmly in the mind of the reader rather than in the text itself.

Of all the Loebs I have worked with this has the most difficult translation that is accurate to the Latin (of course) but which reads very stiltedly in English. This is always a problem, negotiating the line between readability and accuracy/authenticity, but this is one of the few cases where I would suggest an alternative English translation to accompany the Latin text: Green's The Poems of Exile: "Tristia" and "The Black Sea Letters".
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Tristia: Vol 6 (Loeb Classical Library) by Ovid (Hardcover - 1 July 1989)
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