About OvidOvid was a popular great roman poet, living during the reign of Augustus, and a contemporary of Virgil and Horace. He is 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.
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Ovid's prolific poetry includes the Heroides, a collection of verse epistles written as though by mythological heroines to the lovers who abandoned them; the Fasti, an incomplete six-book exploration of Roman religion with a calendar structure; and the Tristia and Epistulae ex Ponto, two collections of elegies in the form of complaining letters from his exile.