n Acta Classica : Proceedings of the Classical Association of South Africa - Ovid Revisited: The Poet in Exile, Jo-Marie Claassen : review

Volume 55, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0065-1141
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One of South Africa's most prolific and respected Latinists, Jo-Marie Claassen, is an important voice in the current re-evaluation of Ovid's exile poetry, to which the twenty years of essays, articles and reviews repackaged here in one volume alongside extra scholarly material and translations, bear witness. Yet if recent scholarship has begun to fixate on Ovid and his relationship with other Ovidian personae - playful love poet, erotic , Roman and epicist - it is merely a belated recognition by classicists that Ovid's afterlife in literature has always been dominated by his evocation of the state of banishment, especially in the 20th century work of Seamus Heaney, Derek Walcott, Osip Mandelstam, Ann Carson and Christopher Ransmayr.

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