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Fasti

Ovid - Author

Anthony J. Boyle - Editor

Roger D. Woodward - Editor

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ISBN 9780140446906 | 432 pages | 01 Dec 2000 | Penguin Classics | 5.07 x 7.79in | 18 - AND UP
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Beneath a 'patriotic' façade, Ovid's final poem is deliciously subversive of the values and propaganda of the emperor who sent him into exile. One of the fullest and most enjoyable sources of information on Roman myth and religion, the Fasti is both a calendar of daily rituals and a witty sequence of stories recounted in a variety of styles and genres, comic, tragic, elegiac, epic and erotic. Yet many of them are shot through with uncomfortable political echoes. Augustus tried to control his subjects by imposing his own version of history and annual cycle of festivals on them, but Ovid - banished to the Black Sea - brilliantly debunks the official heroes and power structures. (After celebrating the emperor in his preferred image of Jupiter-on-earth, for example, he deliberately juxtaposes a story showing the king of gods as a savage rapist.) Endlessly playful, this is also a work of real integrity and courage, a superb climax to the career of one of Rome's greatest writers.
Translated and Edited with an Introduction, Notes, and Glossary by A.J. Boyle and R.D. Woodard

Preface
Maps:
The World of Ovid's Fasti
Greece in Ovid's Fasti
Italy and Sicily Ovid's Fasti
Ovid's Rome: Major Sites and Monuments

Introduction
Further Reading
Translation and Latin Text
Summary of Fasti
Omissions from Fasti

Ovid's Fasti
Book 1
Book 2
Book 3
Book 4
Book 5
Book 6

Notes
List of Abbreviations
Glossary
"Fasti has burst upon the scholarly scene as a work of tremendous importance for our understanding of religion under the Principate...have provided us with what must be seen as a new commentary upon the poem...But the real value of this new Fasti, of course, lies not in its front or back material but in the lively rendition of Ovid's own words...Boyle and Woodard have given us a fresh-sounding poem with updated diction." Christopher Brunelle, Boston College