End of Summer Update

Hello all,

Well, the summer is ending; and as my summer research period comes to a close, I can say that I am very happy with the work that I have completed. I am even more excited about the work that is to come. As of now, I have a 10 plus page draft of a paper that I am happy with: I treat the issues of multiple readership, the letter’s ruse as an epistle, and Ovid’s self-presentation. I’ve read several books and many articles about my topic and have gained an even deeper respect for Ovid’s unending cleverness. It is almost maddening.

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Epistolary Persuasion: Ovid in Exile


This is my first blog post since beginning my summer research project on Ovid’s Epistulae ex Ponto 1.1.2, and I am beginning my fourth week of reading and writing. I began my study by obtaining a copy of the recent English commentary on the first book of the ex Ponto and read through the letter in Latin. It was fun to do this, as I had just finished an intensive intermediate level class at Georgetown in Latin and my reading ability skyrocketed during the three weeks of the class. After finishing reading the letter and taking initial notes on the work, I began a long process of going through the work line by line and making comments and analyses on my way through it. To this end, I referenced Gaertner’s commentary while concurrently reading Janet Altman’s book Epistularity: Approaches to a Form, which is the fundamental work on thinking about and analyzing epistolary works. Although Altman’s study is grounded in the 18th century epistolary novel, her methodologies are applicable to any letter writing. In addition to these two works, I read several articles on other letters in the exile poetry to see what features scholars have been focusing on recently in the ex Ponto. I’ve also been reading chapters here and there in books ranging in topic from epistolarity in roman and greek literature to Ovidian studies to thinking about death in ancient Rome.

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