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Ovid

Birthdate: 20. March 43 BC
Date of death: 17 AC
Other names: Ovidius, Publius Naso Ovidius

Publius Ovidius Naso , known as Ovid in the English-speaking world, was a Roman poet who lived during the reign of Augustus. He was a contemporary of the older Virgil and Horace, with whom he is often ranked as one of the three canonical poets of Latin literature. The Imperial scholar Quintilian considered him the last of the Latin love elegists. Although Ovid enjoyed enormous popularity during his lifetime, the emperor Augustus banished him to a remote province on the Black Sea, where he remained until his death. Ovid himself attributes his exile to carmen et error, "a poem and a mistake", but his discretion in discussing the causes has resulted in much speculation among scholars.

The first major Roman poet to begin his career during the reign of Augustus, Ovid is today best known for the Metamorphoses, a 15-book continuous mythological narrative written in the meter of epic, and for works in elegiac couplets such as Ars Amatoria and Fasti. His poetry was much imitated during Late Antiquity and the Middle Ages, and greatly influenced Western art and literature. The Metamorphoses remains one of the most important sources of classical mythology. Wikipedia

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„Let your hook always be cast; in the pool where you least expect it, there will be fish.“

—  Ovid, book Heroides

Book III, line 425
Ars Amatoria (The Art of Love)
Original: (la) Casus ubique valet; semper tibi pendeat hamus
Quo minime credas gurgite, piscis erit.
Source: Heroides
Context: Chance is always powerful. Let your hook always be cast; in the pool where you least expect it, there will be fish.

„So I can't live either without you or with you.“

—  Ovid, book Amores

Variant translation: Thus, I can neither live without you nor with you.
Book III; xib, 39
Compare: Nec possum tecum vivere nec sine te ("I cannot live with you nor without you"), Martial, Epigrams XII, 46
Amores (Love Affairs)
Original: (la) Sic ego nec sine te nec tecum vivere possum.

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„Omnia mutantur, nihil interit (everything changes, nothing perishes).“

—  Ovid, Metamorphoses

Variant: All things change; nothing perishes.
Source: Metamorphoses

„We are ever striving after what is forbidden, and coveting what is denied us.“

—  Ovid, book Amores

Variant translation: We hunt for things unlawful with swift feet, / As if forbidden joys were only sweet.
Book III; iv, 17
Amores (Love Affairs)
Original: (la) Nitimur in vetitum semper, cupimusque negata.

„It's a kindness that the mind can go where it wishes.“

—  Ovid

Source: The Poems of Exile: Tristia and the Black Sea Letters

„Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetuer adipiscing elit. Etiam egestas wisi a erat. Morbi imperdiet, mauris ac auctor dictum.“

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