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The Lives of Ovid in Seventeenth-Century French Culture

Helena Taylor


Seventeenth-century France saw one of the most significant ‘culture wars’ Europe has ever known. Culminating in the Quarrel of the Ancients and Moderns, this was a confrontational, transitional time for the reception of the classics. This study explores responses to the life of the ancient Roman poet, Ovid, within this charged atmosphere. To date, criticism has focused on the reception of Ovid’s enormously influential work in this period, but little attention has been paid to Ovid’s lives. Through close analysis of a diverse corpus, which includes prefatory Lives, novels, plays, biographical d ... More

Keywords: Ovid, seventeenth-century France, life-writing, persona, exile, translation, classical reception, Quarrel of the Ancients and Moderns, galanterie, first-person writing

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780198796770
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2017 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198796770.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Helena Taylor, author
University of Exeter

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