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The Art of Love

Written by Ovid
Translated by James Michie
Introduction by David Malouf


The Art of Love
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Category: Poetry - Ancient, Classical & Medieval; Poetry
Imprint: Modern Library
Format: Trade Paperback
Pub Date: October 2002
Price: $14.00
Can. Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-76117-1 (0-375-76117-9)
Pages: 208
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In the first century a.d., Ovid, author of the groundbreaking epic poem Metamorphoses, came under severe criticism for The Art of Love, which playfully instructed women in the art of seduction and men in the skills essential for mastering the art of romantic conquest. In this remarkable translation, James Michie breathes new life into the notorious Roman’s mock-didactic elegy. In lyrical, irreverent English, he reveals love’s timeless dilemmas and Ovid’s enduring brilliance as both poet and cultural critic.

“Every age probably regards itself as unique in its sexual sophistication, and if we take Ovid as a typical spokesman we should have to conclude that the keynote of his age was elegance. . . . Ovid could not possibly have taken himself, nor be taken for, an Ancient.”
—Rolfe Humphries



ABOUT THE AUTHOR

 
James Michie studied classics at Trinity College, Oxford. His other translations include Horace’s Odes and Martial’s Epigrams (both available as Modern Library Paperback Classics). His Collected Poems was awarded the Hawthornden Prize.

David Malouf is the author of fourteen books, including An Imaginary Life and the international bestseller The Great World. His work has been awarded the Commonwealth Writers Prize, among other accolades. He lives in Tuscany and Australia.





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