Ovid's Fasti, or the Romans sacred calendar
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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 prim...more
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Published January 1st 1931 by Loeb Classical Library (first published 15)
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Yann


Les Fastes sont un poème du célèbre Ovide, connu pour ses Métamorphoses, ses Héroïdes et son art d’aimer. Expulsé de Rome pour la mer noire, il a beaucoup regretté sa mère patrie, comme un Dante ou un Casanova après lui : il a trompé sa mélancolie avec la rédaction de cette œuvre originale qui prend pour trame le calendrier romain et les fêtes qui le jalonnent. Ovide alterne heureusement des thèmes mythologiques, des allusions historiques, des faits de société ou d’actualité : le ton est tour à...more
Evan Leach
The Fasti is an exploration of the ancient roman calendar. Written by Ovid in the early first century, only six books of the poem are extant today (one for each month from January through June). Whether the other books were lost over the years or never written at all is unknown. But believe me, six is enough.

I don’t want to trash this poem. The Fasti is considered a “classic” only in the broadest possible use of the term, so I knew what I was getting into. I read this because I was reading ever...more
Jesse
Ovid got booted by Augustus and wrote a poem on the calendar, his last and perhaps least impressive work. There is no rhythm or rhyme, and the similes and metaphors that arise are weak (though I enjoyed the line, "Chance gives the poet scope."). The poem offers a fascinating and didactic overview of Roman religion, but the allusions are obscure to the point of bewilderment and the language is often strained for inspiration. On the good side, Ovid is saying something serious about Augustus and th...more
Cameron
Ovid sought to chronicle all the important holidays of the Roman calendar in the form of a long poem. This translation doesn't keep to the poetic form, but the prose makes for a very readable calendar. The events of the poem take place from before the foundations of Rome were laid right up to the reign of Augustus.

The myths and tales behind each holiday or festival vary from the fantastic to the mundane, from the ancient to the new, from 228 lines to 2. While Ovid claimed to have finished a poem...more
Dennis
I found some of this dense, but as I kept flipping back and forth between the interesting notes, the glossary, the introduction (which I normally avoid as a spoiler-averse person), I kept thinking about how chockablock with myth 'n culture this work is, and ambitious, and unique. I didn't catch every detail, but I did enjoy it. The translators deserve a lot of credit.
Nicole Garey
I had Prof Woodard for a Ancient Greek and Roman Mythology course at my University and I can't believe how incredibly intelligent this guy is. It was a Classics/Linguistics course taught from a historical standpoint and I believe it's the only one he taught. Of course, his version of Ovid's Fasti was the course text, and I'm damn glad for it.
Tess Mueggenborg
Not a bad book...if you have a fairly extensive extant nderstanding of Roman history, Augustan-era politics, and Roman politics. Or if you don't mind spending twice as much time reading endnotes and researching obscure deities as you'll spend reading the text itself.
Charles Pearce
A verse translation of poetry. Mainly an explanation of why the Romans celebrated things on the days they did, and/or the origin of the event. Many of these items were wrong. Also explanations of the name of the month.
Zepp
a hood-baked devotional or a hair-spiked pillow book.
Breezy in the cheeks, but stubbornly un-lite.
Lorena Francisca
mmm un poco fome la verdad. Es interesante ver las diferentes celebraciones romanas, pero cansa.
Jennifer
Required but informative. Human nature doesn't evolve as fast as our technology!
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Publius Ovidius Naso (20 March 43 BCE – CE 17/18), known as Ovid (/ˈɒvɪd/) in the English-speaking world, was a Roman poet best known for the Metamorphoses, a 15-book continuous mythological narrative written in the meter of epic, and for collections of love poetry in elegiac couplets, especially the Amores ("Love Affairs") and Ars Amatoria ("Art of Love"). His poetry was much imitated during Late...more
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