Publius Ovidius Naso


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Publius Ovidius Naso (20 March 43 BC – AD 17/18), known as Ovid in the English-speaking world, was a Roman poet who is best known as the author of the three major collections of poetry, the Heroides, Amores and Ars Amatoria, and of the Metamorphoses, a mythological hexameter poem. He is also well known for the Fasti, about the Roman calendar, and the Tristia and Epistulae ex Ponto, two collections... more »

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  • ''The sea's vast depths lie open to the fish;
    Wherever the breezes blow the bird may fly;
    So to the brave man every land's a home.''
    Ovid (Publius Ovidius Naso) (43 B.C.-A.D. 17/18), Roman poet. Fasti, 1. 493-494.
  • ''It is ill to marry in the month of May.''
    Ovid (Publius Ovidius Naso) (43 B.C.-A.D. 17/18), Roman poet. Fasti, 5. 490.
  • ''There is a god within us.''
    Ovid (Publius Ovidius Naso) (43 B.C.-A.D. 17/18), Roman poet. Fasti, 6. 5.
  • ''Nowadays nothing but money counts: a fortune brings honors, friendships; the poor man everywhere lies low.''
    Ovid (Publius Ovidius Naso) (43 B.C.-A.D. 17/18), Roman poet. Fasti, 1. 217-218.
  • ''Grant me profits only, grant me the joy of profit made,
    and see to it that I enjoy cheating the buyer!''
    Ovid (Publius Ovidius Naso) (43 B.C.-A.D. 17/18), Roman poet. Fasti, 5. 689-690.
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