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Ovid talks more about his own life than most other Roman poets.Information about his biography is drawn primarily from his poetry, especially Tristia 4.10, which gives a long autobiographical account of his life.
His father wanted him to study rhetoric toward the practice of law.
According to Seneca the Elder, Ovid tended to the emotional, not the argumentative pole of rhetoric.
After the death of his brother at 20 years of age, Ovid renounced law and began travelling to Athens, Asia Minor, and Sicily.
He was part of the circle centered on the patron Marcus Valerius Messalla Corvinus, and seems to have been a friend of poets in the circle of Maecenas. 4.10.41–54, Ovid mentions friendships with Macer, Propertius, Horace, Ponticus and Bassus (he only barely met Virgil and Tibullus, a fellow member of Messalla's circle whose elegies he admired greatly).
in the English-speaking world, was a Roman poet who lived during the reign of Augustus.
He was a contemporary of the older Virgil and Horace with whom he is often ranked as one of the three canonical poets of Latin literature.
The Imperial scholar Quintilian considered him the last of the Latin love elegists.He enjoyed enormous popularity, but, in one of the mysteries of literary history, he was sent by Augustus into exile in a remote province on the Black Sea, where he remained until his death.Ovid himself attributes his exile to carmen et error, "a poem and a mistake", but his discretion in discussing the causes has resulted in much speculation among scholars.The first major Roman poet to begin his career during the reign of Augustus, Ovid is today best known for the Metamorphoses, a 15-book continuous mythological narrative written in the meter of epic, and for collections of love poetry in elegiac couplets, especially the Amores ("Love Affairs") and Ars Amatoria ("The Art of Love").His poetry was much imitated during Late Antiquity and the Middle Ages, and greatly influenced Western art and literature.The Metamorphoses remains one of the most important sources of classical mythology.