Ovid (Publius Ovidius Naso, 43 BCE-17 CE), born at Sulmo, studied rhetoric and law at Rome. Later he did considerable public service there, and otherwise devoted himself to poetry and to society. Famous at first, he offended the emperor Augustus by his Ars Amatoria, and was banished because of this work and some other reason unknown to us, and dwelt in the cold and primit...more
Homer, Chaucer, Shakespeare, Ovid. In no particular order.
Worth getting all Latinate up just for the experience of reading it.
Never mind, put Ovid first.