- Course Description
Publius Ovidius Naso (43 B.C.E.-17 C.E.) is perhaps our first truly Augustan poet. Born into an equestrian family and uninterested in a political career, Ovid devoted himself to the pursuit of poetry. A prolific writer in a number of genres, he provides one of our richest resources for Augustan literary culture. In this course, we will read selections from the Fasti, a six-volume work on the Roman calendar. A multi-faceted examination of Roman religion, the Fasti narrates tales from Greek mythology, explores the origins of rituals and festivals, and explains the significance of temples and other sacred sites in Rome. We will use this text not only to study the Latin language, but also gain a better understanding of Roman culture.