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The Art of Love by Ovid
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Jan 29, 2008

really liked it
Recommended for: Classicists
Read in January, 1984

The first book of this trilogy of books tells the story of Ovid's love for Corrina, the aristocratic wife of another man. He woos her by promising, through his poetry, to make her immortal and the toast of Rome. She gives in and Ovid keeps his side of the bargain, publishing poems praising her beauty and womanliness. This, of course, brings Corrina to the attention of every stud in Rome and Ovid spends a lot of time watching helplessly as she gives herself to other men. Ovid is such a beautiful writer, his descriptions conjure an alien world.
The second book is a pick-up guide for aristocrats. Ovid is the Henry Miller of ancient Rome. The third book is how to fall out of love.
I read this book every so often just for the lyric beauty of the language.

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