Ovid (43 BC-ca. AD 18) was a Roman elegiac and epic poet. His verse is distinguished by its easy elegance and sophistication.
Ovid whose full name was Publius Ovidius Naso, was born on March 20, 43 B.C., at Sulmo (modern Sulmona) about 90 miles from Rome. His father, a member of the equestrian order, intended for him to become a lawyer and an official and gave him an excellent education, including study under the great rhetoricians Arellius Fuscus and Porcius Latro. According to Seneca Rhetor, he preferred the suasoriae, exercises in giving advice in various historical or imaginary circumstances, to the prescribed debates of the controversiae, and his orations seemed nothing but poems without meter. His facility in composition, the...Read more
- March 20, 43 BC
- 17? AD
- Naso, Publius Ovidius;
- Publius Ovidius Naso