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03/28/10

Permalink 11:36:08 pm, by Chris Jones Email , 425 words, 6352 views   English (US)
Categories: Ovid's exile poetry

Carmina Maior Imago Sunt Mea

For anyone interpreting the first book of the Tristia, Ovid himself offers the best advice:

Subeat tibi dicere forsan
   "Quam procul a nobis Naso sodalis abest!”
Grata tua est pietas, sed carmina maior imago
   sunt mea, quae mando qualiacumque legas.
(Tr. I.7.9-12)

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Qui sciet quae quoque sint modo dicenda, nisi tamen in procinctu paratamque ad omnis casus habuerit eloquentiam, velut clausis thesauris incubabit.

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