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The Art of Love by Ovid
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The Art of Love

by Ovid, Henry T. Riley

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This book is amazing: it is nearly 2000 years old and yet, it reads as if it were written yesterday. Ovid expresses views that any young lad has held throughout history. They are not all politically correct, or indeed, acceptable but, they have an immediacy that few writings from the past can offer.

I only have the ability to read the Art of Love in translation, but it is a window into the mind of a man who lived before the date had three, never mind four, digits. It is light, amusing and full of interesting sections that remind us that we sophisticated twenty-first century people are not so enlightened in comparison.

I recently heard Ovid described as the Bob Dylan of his age: I am not sure as to which should be more flattered by the link. Both are great poets, both are worth reading and, perhaps, both are great enough to stand in their own right.

A must read book. ( )
1 vote the.ken.petersen | Sep 28, 2018 |
Who knew Ovid's the Machiavelli of love "advice." But don't worry--it's equal opportunity! Both men and women should deceive each other. ( )
  reganrule | Oct 24, 2017 |
Advice to would-be lovers and more. Some of it is quite funny. ( )
  unclebob53703 | Feb 21, 2016 |
I recommend James Michie's clever and funny English translation, which has the original Latin on the facing pages. As for Ovid's text, it has a great deal of the cleverness and charm of the Metamorphoses, and mixed in with the sometimes hilarious observations on seduction are Metamorphoses-like retellings of great myths, like the fall of Icarus, which those of us who took Latin courses in college will remember translating. However, it is a very misogynistic text, and Book One includes a substantial section justifying rape that one hopes was intended as a satire of Roman rape culture. ( )
  middlemarchhare | Nov 25, 2015 |
Forget agony aunts and tips on sex and love in glossy magazines - two millennia ago, Ovid had already been there and done that in his Ars Amatoria. Ostensibly a manual for would-be lovers, the Art of Love is also a witty and irreverent satire on a society obsessed with wealth and physical pleasure. In this amoral context, it is praiseworthy to be as promiscuous as possible, as long as you do not get caught out by any of your lovers, just as it is recommendable to seduce the maid to get to her mistress. Gifts are the surest way to a women's heart, Ovid cynically observes, and he suggests some presents which provide good value for money. All's fair in love and war, as long as one gets to enjoy the spoils.

Ovid's entertaining prose does tend to get bogged down in copious classical and mythological references, which is where translator Cesare Vivaldi's erudite notes come in handy. This edition presents the original Latin prose alongside an Italian translation. ( )
  JosephCamilleri | Dec 12, 2014 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Ovidprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Riley, Henry T.main authorall editionsconfirmed
Bornecque, HenriTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Fraser, EricIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Gleichen-Rußwurm, Alexander vonTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Griggs, M. J.Editorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Jarvis, MartinNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Lammers, F.Illustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Meihuizen, J.Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Michie, JamesTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Tannhaeuser, G.Cover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Tannhaeuser, G.Illustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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If there be anyone among you who is ignorant of the art of loving, let him read this poem and, having read it and acquired the knowledge it contains, let him address himself to Love.
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"... Humphries has rendered (Ovid’s) love poetry with conspicuous success into English which is neither obtrusively colloquial nor awkwardly antique." —Virginia Quarterly Review

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