Ovid: Ars Amatoria [The Art of Love]

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  • Andreas Michalopoulos (National and Kapodistrian University of Athens)

The Ars amatoria (or Ars amandi) [The Art of Love], together with the Medicamina faciei femineae [Cosmetics for the Female Face, also known as The Art of Beauty] and the Remedia amoris [Remedies for Love], constitute a group of works by Publius Ovidius Naso (Ovid) which belong to didactic poetry. Its metre, however, is not the dactylic hexameter, which is the established metre for didactic poetry (e.g. Hesiod’s Works and days, Aratus’s Phaenomena, Nicander’s Theriaca and Alexipharmaca, Vergil’s Georgics), but Ovid’s favourite metre, the …

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Michalopoulos, Andreas. "Ars Amatoria". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 06 May 2009
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