Written after he had been banished to the Black Sea city of Tomis by Emperor Augustus, the Fasti is Ovid’s last major poetic work. Both a calendar of daily rituals and a witty sequence of stories recounted in a variety of styles, it weaves together tales of gods and citizens together to explore Rome’s history, religious beliefs and traditions. It may also be read as a subtle but powerful political manifesto which derides Augustus’ attempts to control his subjects by imposing his own mythology upon them: after celebrating the emperor as a Jupiter-on-earth, for example, Ovid deliberately juxtaposes a story showing the king of the gods as a savage rapist. Endlessly playful, this is also a work of integrity and courage, and a superb climax to the life of one of Rome’s greatest writers.
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“Fasti has burst upon the scholarly scene as a work of tremendous importance for our understanding of religion under the Principate…have provided us with what must be seen as a new commentary upon the poem…But the real value of this new Fasti, of course, lies not in its front or back material but in the lively rendition of Ovid’s own words…Boyle and Woodard have given us a fresh-sounding poem with updated diction.” —Christopher Brunelle, Boston College
Translated and Edited with an Introduction, Notes, and Glossary by A.J. Boyle and R.D. Woodard
The World of Ovid’s Fasti
Greece in Ovid’s Fasti
Italy and Sicily Ovid’s Fasti
Ovid’s Rome: Major Sites and Monuments
Translation and Latin Text
Summary of Fasti
Omissions from Fasti
List of Abbreviations