Ovid: Heroïdes

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  • Andreas Michalopoulos (National and Kapodistrian University of Athens)

The Heroides are the third work in chronological order by Publius Ovidius Naso, coming after the Amores and the lost tragedy Medea. The grammarian Priscian (Gramm. Lat. 2.544 Keil) mentions the work as Heroides, which is perhaps the title given by the poet (or Heroidum liber). However, at Ars 3.345 Ovid refers to this work using the term “Epistula: vel tibi composita cantetur Epistola voce” [“Or an Epistle tunefully recite”, trans. A.D. Melville]. Perhaps the full title used by Ovid was Epistulae Heroidum, a title which fully corresponds to the first part of the …

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