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P. Ovidius Naso, Art of Love, Remedy of Love, Art of Beauty, Court of Love, History of Love, Amours (ed. various) 4 0 Browse Search
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John Conington, Commentary on Vergil's Aeneid, Volume 2, P. VERGILI MARONIS, line 412 (search)
The great bulk of MSS. give adversi, aversi being apparently only found in two or three inferior copies, including MS. Ball. Serv. and the earlier commentators, reading adversi, understood tergum of the shield, with reference to which they also explained fisso ligno: but though tergum might perhaps stand for a shield (see on 10. 718, Serv. on 11. 619), tergum Sulmonis could hardly mean the shield of Sulmo. Aversus and adversus are confused in MSS., which on a matter like this are not more authoritative than on a question of orthography. Serv. regards this as one of the insoluble passages in Virg. (see on v. 364).
have gone before it. Publius Ovidius Naso, one of the finest poets of the Augustan age, was descended from the ancient family of Nasones, who had preserved the dignity of Roman Knights from the original institution of that order. He was born at Sulmo, a city of the Peligni, on the 14th of the Calends of April, in the consulship of Hirtius and Pansa, who were both slain at the battle of Mutina, against Antony, being the year of Rome 710, and forty-three years before the birth of our Saviour. Ft not a few of consular dignity, and ladies of the highest rank, honoured him with their friendship, and, to show their estimation of his genius, wore his picture in rings cut in precious stones. Ovid had an ample patrimony in the territories of Sulmo, but he resided mostly at Rome, or retired to his pleasant gardens in the Appian Way, where he was accustomed to recreate himself with the Muses. He was three times married: his first wife probably was not his own choice, he having married her wh