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This is a thoroughly revised new edition of the standard text of these poems, reflecting the progress of Ovidian scholarship during the last thirty years and the further thoughts of the editor. Presentation has been improved, with students particularly in mind, to make the book more accessible and `reader-friendly'.
Since it first appeared in 1961 this has been the standard critical edition of Ovid's love poems. For this new edition the text has been throughly revised to take account of published scholarship and the further thoughts of the editor. Conjectures have been admitted to both text and apparatus criticus more freely than in the first edition. Punctuation has been improved, spelling has been normalized, and the long poems have been paragraphed. The apparatus criticus
now incorporates the reading of the important Berlin manuscript Hamilton 471 and such of the readings formerly reported in the Appendix of minor variants (now omitted) as are of critical significance; it has also been streamlined by the omission of explanatory material more conveniently accessible in
Publius Ovidius Naso (43 v. Chr.-18 n. Chr.) stammte aus einer Ritterfamilie. Er gab die politische Laufbahn zugunsten der Dichtung auf, wurde aber wegen moralisch bedenklichen Einflusses seiner Werke von Augustus im Jahr 8 n. Chr. ans Schwarze Meer verbannt. Bis dahin vom Glück verwöhnt, hat Ovid diesen Sturz nie verwunden und starb verbittert im Exil.