In this volume, Professor Knox provides the first full-scale commentary in English in this century on a selection from Ovid's Heroides, a collection of letters in elegiac verse supposedly addressed by heroines of mythology to their absent lovers or husbands. This edition is intended to provide students of Latin literature with guidance in the interpretation of these poems. The Introduction also includes a general account of Ovid's career and the place of the Heroides in the development of Augustan poetry.
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The Heroides are a collection of letters in alegiac verse supposedly addressed by heroines of mythology to their absent lovers or husbands. Intended to provide the student with guidance in interpretation, this text includes the first full-scale English commentary in this century on a selection of the Heroides.From the Back Cover:
Ovid's Heroides, Dryden once asserted, are 'generally granted to be the most perfect piece of Ovid'. The collection of twenty-one epistles in elegiac verse consists of three parts, the first comprising fourteen poems addressed by heroines of mythology to their absent lovers or husbands. In this edition, Professor Knox offers a commentary on seven of these epistles, addressing problems of language and style, and focusing on the relationship of the Heroides to the classic works of Greek and Roman literature on which Ovid bases his representation of these women. In addition, he has included a commentary on the Epistula Sapphus, a separate poem of doubtful authorship which was composed in the manner of Ovid and is believed by many to be by him. The Introduction provides an account of the genre, a survey of language, style, and metre, and an outline of the problems concerning the authenticity of parts of the collection. This edition is intended primarily for students and scholars in classics, but the Introduction contains material of interest to readers who are not specialists in Latin literature.
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