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Amores

Ovid

Translated by Tom Bishop

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  • Put on the formal costume. Borrow your mother's driver.
    Stepfather Mars will lend his triumph car.

    There in your borrowed gear, the crowd shouting your glory,
    Take the reins, strike a pose and hold it.
     (from Amores, 1.2)

    Author's Epigram

    Five booklets that Ovid first penned
    now are three; he preferred to emend.
    So if we don't please you, at least we can ease you
    presenting two less to offend.


    Ovid (c. 43 BC-AD17), a daring, original and passionate poet, has been an enduring influence on later poets. Amores is the work that first made Ovid famous, and infamous. A scandal in its day, and probably in part responsible for Ovid's banishment from Rome, Amores lays bare the intrigues and appetites of high society in the imperial capital at the time of Caesar Augustus. Clandestine sex, orgies and entertainments, fashion and violence, are among the subjects Ovid explores: the surface dazzle and hidden depths, secret liaisons and their public postures.

    This new translation by Tom Bishop closely follows the movement and metre of Ovid's verse, rendering his world of love, licentiousness and conspiracy so as to catch Ovid's raciness. His introduction sets the work in historical context.
    Introduction by Tom Bishop

    Amores
    Book One
    Book Two
    Book Three
    Ovid
    Publius Ovidius Naso ('Ovid') was born in Sulmo, now Sulmona, Italy in 43 BC, into an old gentry family. Educated for public affairs, in Rome he abandoned officialdom for poetry. He became famous for poems of erotic intrigue and betrayal, such as the Amores and the Art of Love, and ... read more
    Tom Bishop
    Tom Bishop was born and educated in Melbourne, Australia and now teaches at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. He is the author of Shakespeare and the Theatre of Wonder (1996) and has published work on English court masques, Elizabethan music and Australian literature, as well as poetry. He has ... read more
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