Ovid’s Fasti

Ovid (43 BC–17), translated by Kline, A. S. (contact-email)

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Ovid’s Fasti is a Latin poem detailing the Roman calendar and its associated festivals. Composed of six books, each corresponding to a different month, it was likely intended to cover the entire year, but only the first half, January through June, is extant. The poem intertwines Roman history, astronomical data, and mythology, serving as a guide to the religious year and the origins of Roman customs. Ovid’s Fasti diverges from his earlier erotic-themed works, preferring to venerate Rome’s past. The text, rich with aetiological narratives, aims to educate about the sanctity and origins of Roman celebrations and observances, while also reflecting on the Julian calendar reformed by Julius Caesar.

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Kline, A. S.

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