Ovid’s Heroides

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

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Ovid’s Heroides is a series of 15 epistolary Latin poems which take the form of letters from mythological heroines to their lovers - expressing feelings of betrayal and abandonment. Initially undervalued by scholars, the Heroides experienced a resurgence of appreciation in the late 20th century. Ovid claims in Ars Amatoria to have pioneered this literary form, a point of contention among scholars who nonetheless acknowledge his significant contribution to the genre. The possible influence of Propertius’ work is noted, yet Ovid is largely credited with the detailed development of this novel poetic style.

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Kline, A. S.

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