Works of Ovid and Horace brings together two of Latin literature’s most influential poets. As two of Latin literature’s three canonical poets—included with Virgil—Ovid and Horace each had a tremendous impact not only on Latin literature and culture that followed, but on the world of literature as a whole. Ovid’s Metamorphoses is a mythological history of the world, which has been regarded as one of the most influential poems in history. Horace’s witty, yet serious poems were wildly successful in his time, and have remained popular studies throughout history.
This collection contains the complete texts in their Loeb Classical Library editions. Each volume is included in its original Latin with an English translation for easy side-by-side comparison. Logos’ language tools help you to go deeper into the Latin text and explore Ovid’s and Horace’s elegant language. Use the dictionary lookup tool to examine difficult Latin words and find every occurrence in your library for deeper contextual understanding. There’s never been a better way for students of history, poetry, culture, and Latin literature to absorb these classic works.
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Publius Ovidius Naso (43 BC–ca. AD 17) is one of the three canonical poets of Latin Literature, along with Virgil and Horace. Poets of Late Antiquity and the Middle Ages frequently imitated his form and style. Near the end of his life, Ovid was exiled to Tomis by Emperor Augustus for what Ovid said was “a poem and a mistake.” He spent the remainder of his life in exile.
Quintus Horatius Flaccus was the most famous Roman lyric poet during the reign of Augustus. Quintillian said of him, “He can by lofty sometimes, yet he is also full of charm and grace, versatile in his figures, and felicitously daring in his choice of words.” He was an officer in the republican army during Rome’s shift from republic to empire. After his army was defeated, Horace became a spokesman for the emperor. Horace has remained popular throughout history, and studies of his work and life continue to be exceedingly diverse. Most of what is known about his life comes from a biography, likely written by Suetonius, and his own works.