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Wilfrid Laurier University
Contemporary Studies
Barry Stephenson

Ancients and Moderns November 7, 2012 Week 9, Wednesday Ovid- Michael Moore roman comparison toAmerican's ovid died in the year 17 C.E Ovid left a record of the stories and myths that constituted the Hellenic imagination Ovid was widely read in his day, but as christian culture ascended, the greek mythic imagination went into decline, awaiting rediscovery In the 11 century- Ovid became a standard reading in the cathedral schools of Medieval Europe, which spurred a renewd interest in classical greece and Rome, which came to full fruition in the renaissance and again in german and english romanticism. Metamorphisis: people turning into stones, stones turning into people ; stories were quite popular. Identity knowledge and reflection and how that relates to self knowledge. Ovid born in 43 B.C.E.And died around 17 C.E in exile. Turbulent times Trouble with leaders and authorities in Rome. Amores (Loves) Ovid's eroticism Political critic Rome: emerges as a republic around 500 BCE so what does that mean? It was a monarchy, people got together, first democratic revolution we know of, later one in athens. Hereditary inheritince in spiritual kingship. The senate: was an appointed body, has problems. Roman republic begins a system of checks and balances- seperate powers between army, judiciary and legislative bodies. Ovid lived fairly normal, domestic life. EXILED: erotic love poetry (emperor was quite conservative, didn't like it) also a strong political critic. Metamorpheses Culturally very important. Book through many of the most important myths were preserved and handed down to european culture.
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