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By Peter E. Knox

ISBN-10: 1405141832

ISBN-13: 9781405141833

A spouse to Ovid is a accomplished evaluate of 1 of the main influential poets of classical antiquity.Features greater than 30 newly commissioned chapters by way of famous students writing of their components of specializationIlluminates a variety of elements of Ovid's paintings, akin to creation, style, and stylePresents interpretive essays on key poems and collections of poemsIncludes certain discussions of Ovid's fundamental literary impacts and his reception in English literatureProvides a chronology of key literary and historic occasions in the course of Ovid's lifetime

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Oratory was determined by situation: whom the speaker needed to persuade about what issue, whether to reach a judgment on a past case or a decision on a future course of action. But after 48 BCE, when Caesar’s military victory had won him control over public life at Rome, the focus of training in oratory began to change in two ways: it shifted from the heavily monitored public sphere to private forms, and from concern for content to a growing interest in style. The circumstances of Cicero’s three ‘Caesarian’ speeches show why: first his thanksgiving to Caesar in the senate for pardoning Marcellus, next his defense of Ligarius for his services on the Pompeian side in Africa, and finally a speech delivered before Caesar in his home in defense of Caesar’s client Deiotarus against an accusation of conspiracy.

There were new lands to be colonized and new movements of wealth had been created, together with new frontiers for trading, new tasks of administration, a new role for the armies, new opportunities for action, and new responsibilities for Roman citizens of the various classes in different areas of the world. New subjects, from faraway regions, or from previously excluded social areas, entered into the citizenship system, or increasingly pressed to become a part of it. The contacts that had long before been set up with different cultures rapidly multiplied, above all with Greece and the Hellenized regions of the East, with their customs, religious beliefs and intellectual advances.

1 and 2 Blänsdorf). Today we know that some public monuments, which we are used to considering as linked to the ‘Augustan’ idea of a solemn imperial Rome, date back to the initiative of Octavian the triumvir and his collaborators (Millar 2000: 9–12). And it has also been observed that in the course of his years in the triumvirate Octavian was already concerned to present some of his political actions as examples of republican legality (Eder 2005: 20–2). The creation of the regime, its symbols and its ideology had thus already started before Actium.

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