Ars amatoria


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


, Nicander’s




, Vergil’s


), but Ovid’s favourite metre, the elegiac couplet. Ovid’s preference for the elegiac couplet over the dactylic hexameter reveals his humorous, light-hearted and ironic approach to amatory teaching. The work consists of three books, which were not published all together at the…

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Citation: Michalopoulos, Andreas. "Ars Amatoria". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 06 May 2009 [, accessed 05 March 2024.]

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