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Ovid, Virgil, and Horace are usually listed as the three greatest poets of Latin literature.
  Roman poet remembered for his poems on love (43 BC - AD 17)
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  • Ovid, Virgil, and Horace are usually listed as the three greatest poets of Latin literature.
  • Why had Ovid lived in Ancient Rome in 20 BCE and not Chicago in 2006 CE?
    John Green  --  An Abundance of Katherines
  • I wrote down all the names of all the cities I’d have to pass through to get there, Owosso, Ovid, St. John’s, Ionia and Lowell, and put the paper in my pocket.
    Christopher Paul Curtis  --  Bud, Not Buddy
  • He is Homer, the sovereign poet; the next who comes is Horace, the satirist; Ovid is the third, and the last is Lucan.
    Dante Alighieri  --  Dante’s Inferno

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  • Only, good master, while we do admire This virtue and this moral discipline, Let’s be no stoics nor no stocks, I pray; Or so devote to Aristotle’s checks As Ovid be an outcast quite abjur’d.
    William Shakespeare  --  The Taming of the Shrew
  • "I should have shed tears myself," said the curate when he heard the title, "had I ordered that book to be burned, for its author was one of the famous poets of the world, not to say of Spain, and was very happy in the translation of some of Ovid’s fables."
    Miguel de Cervantes  --  Don Quixote
  • I am here with thee and thy goats, as the most capricious poet, honest Ovid, was among the Goths.
    William Shakespeare  --  As You Like It
  • The transformations of Ovid’s Metamorphoses show up in all sorts of later works, not least in Franz Kafka’s story of a man who wakes up one morning to find he’s changed into an enormous beetle.
    Thomas C. Foster  --  How to Read Literature Like a Professor
  • There is something here of Anchises, the herd-boy on Mount Ida, who in the Homeric Hymn was wooed by Aphrodite to his hurt, for ’He who lies with a deathless goddess is no hale man afterwards’, or proud Hippolytus, or Picus and Circe in Ovid.
    Unknown  --  The Epic of Gilgamesh
  • The only people with whom he maintained relations were the four friends, whom he had exchanged their tops and kites for books, and he set them to reading Seneca and Ovid while they were still in grammar school.
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  One Hundred Years of Solitude

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  • The young woman in the photo is modeling her book-in-progress after Dream Tigers by Jorge Luis Borges— a writer she’d read since high school, story fragments that ring like Hans Christian Andersen, or Ovid, or entries from the encyclopedia.
    Sandra Cisneros  --  The House on Mango Street
  • The captain was indeed as great a master of the art of love as Ovid was formerly.
    Henry Fielding  --  Tom Jones
  • One of the first examples that he had learnt in Latin had run: INDIA MITTIT EBUR; and he recalled the shrewd northern face of the rector who had taught him to construe the Metamorphoses of Ovid in a courtly English, made whimsical by the mention of porkers and potsherds and chines of bacon.
    James Joyce  --  A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
  • An oaken, broken, elbow-chair; A caudle-cup without an ear; A battered, shattered ash bedstead; A box of deal without a lid; A pair of tongs, but out of joint; A back-sword poker, without point; A dish which might good meat afford once; An Ovid, and an old Concordance.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Deerslayer
  • The chapters of Ovid’s Metamorphoses swarm with nymphs beset by gods in sundry masquerades: Jove as a bull, a swan, a shower of gold.
    Joseph Campbell  --  The Hero With a Thousand Faces
  • Luckily for my education, there was nothing homosexual in don Balthazar’s addiction to young flesh, so his escapades evidenced themselves either as absences from our tutorial sessions or an inordinate amount of attention lavished on memorizing verses from Ovid, Senesh, or Wu.
    Dan Simmons  --  Hyperion
  • And the great names of Ovid, lord of the elves and gnomes, the Bacchic piper of Amores, or of Lucretius, full of the rhythm of tides.
    Thomas Wolfe  --  Look Homeward, Angel
  • Later, after my last class, I translated Ovid while sitting up against the cinder-block wall outside the band room, trying to ignore the groaning cacophony coming from inside.
    John Green  --  Paper Towns
  • Shakespeare himself went, very probably,—his mother was an heiress—to the grammar school, where he may have learnt Latin—Ovid, Virgil and Horace—and the elements of grammar and logic.
    Virginia Woolf  --  A Room of One’s Own
  • Instead of pretending to read Ovid he does actually read Schopenhaur and Nietzsche, studies Westermarck, and is concerned for the future of the race instead of for the freedom of his own instincts.
    George Bernard Shaw  --  Man And Superman
  • [556] Chaucer, it seems, drew continually, through Lydgat[557] and Caxton,[558] from Guido di Colonna,[559] whose Latin romance of the Trojan war was in turn a compilation from Dares Phrygius,[560] Ovid,[561] and Statius.
    Ralph Waldo Emerson  --  Selected Essays
  • Whilst we, in changed shapes, act Ovid’s tales, Thou, like Europa now, and I like Jove, Then I like Mars, and thou like Erycine: So, of the rest, till we have quite run through, And wearied all the fables of the gods.
    Ben Jonson  --  Volpone
  • Grammar, rhetoric, and English literature were heavily emphasized, and the course included two years of German, three years of French, and four years of Latin, at the end of which we were expected to have read Caesar, Cicero, Virgil, Ovid, Horace, and Livy.
    Russell Baker  --  Growing Up
  • He has translated Virgil’s Aeneid …. the whole of Sallust and Tacitus’ Agricola …. a great part of Horace, some of Ovid, and some of Caesar’s Commentaries …. besides Tully’s [Cicero’s] Orations…… In Greek his progress has not been equal; yet he has studiedmorsels of Aristotle’s Politics, in Plutarch’s Lives, and Lucian’s Dialogues, The Choice of Hercules in Xenophon, and lately he has gone through several books in Homer’s Iliad.
    David McCullough  --  John Adams
  • The remnant of the tale, if ye will hear, Read in Ovid, and there ye may it lear.
    Geoffrey Chaucer  --  The Canterbury Tales
  • OVID.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Jude the Obscure
  • "The two lovers—the old one and the new: how she wanted to marry the second, but felt she ought to marry the first; so that she neglected the better course to follow the evil, like the poet Ovid I’ve just been construing: ’Video meliora proboque, deteriora sequor.’
    Thomas Hardy  --  The Mayor of Casterbridge
  • Would Ovid still have been Ovid if he had lived in America?
    John Green  --  An Abundance of Katherines
  • "And also it is important to know things because it makes you special and you can read books that normal people cannot read, such as Ovid’s Metamorphosis, which is in Latin."
    John Green  --  An Abundance of Katherines
  • Would Ovid still have been Ovid if he had lived in America?
    John Green  --  An Abundance of Katherines
  • So did Ovid matter because he was Ovid or because he lived in Ancient Rome?
    John Green  --  An Abundance of Katherines
  • So did Ovid matter because he was Ovid or because he lived in Ancient Rome?
    John Green  --  An Abundance of Katherines
  • Katherine watched Colin carefully, and he tried to continue translating Ovid.
    John Green  --  An Abundance of Katherines
  • Chapter x. Showing the truth of many observations of Ovid, and of other more grave writers, who have proved beyond contradiction, that wine is often the forerunner of incontinency.
    Henry Fielding  --  Tom Jones
  • He immersed himself in Ovid, grieving his loss in silence, and she continued to watch him for the next half hour until her parents came into the living room to take her home.
    John Green  --  An Abundance of Katherines
  • Dante had learned of him from Ovid.
    Dante Alighieri  --  Dante’s Inferno
  • O noble Ovid, sooth say’st thou, God wot, What sleight is it, if love be long and hot, That he’ll not find it out in some mannere?
    Geoffrey Chaucer  --  The Canterbury Tales
  • [1] The daughter of Tiresias, of whom Statius, Ovid, and Virgil all tell.
    Dante Alighieri  --  Dante’s Inferno
  • We’d lose most of Shakespeare without it, and Homer and Ovid and Marlowe (both Christopher and Philip), much of Milton, Lawrence, Twain, Dickens, Frost, Tolkien, Fitzgerald, Hemingway, Saul Bellow, and on and on.
    Thomas C. Foster  --  How to Read Literature Like a Professor
  • OVID, Tristia, v., 8, 8.
    Ralph Waldo Emerson  --  Selected Essays
  • After three long hours alone with eight hundred words from Ovid on Monday morning, I walked through the halls feeling as if my brain might drip out of my ears.
    John Green  --  Paper Towns
  • ] [Footnote 561: Ovid.
    Ralph Waldo Emerson  --  Selected Essays
  • [1] Probably from Ovid, who more than once refers to the magic power of the spear which had been given to Peleus by Chiron.
    Dante Alighieri  --  Dante’s Inferno
  • I studied most of Saturday night and throughout the day Sunday, but then a Margo idea popped into my head just after dinner, so I took a break from practicing Ovid translations and logged onto IM.
    John Green  --  Paper Towns
  • And the myths—for example, the myths assembled by Ovid in his great compendium, the Metamorphoses—recount again and again the shocking transformations that take place when the insulation between a highly concentrated power center and the lower power field of the surrounding world is, without proper precautions, suddenly taken away.
    Joseph Campbell  --  The Hero With a Thousand Faces
  • ] [Footnote 569: House of Fame, etc. The plan of the House of Fame, written during the period of Chaucer’s Italian influence, shows the influence of Dante; the general idea of the poem is from Ovid, the Roman poet.
    Ralph Waldo Emerson  --  Selected Essays
  • Mr Allworthy had no sooner lifted up his eyes, and thanked Heaven for these hopes of his recovery, than Mr Blifil drew near, with a very dejected aspect, and having applied his handkerchief to his eye, either to wipe away his tears, or to do as Ovid somewhere expresses himself on another occasion Si nullus erit, tamen excute nullum, If there be none, then wipe away that none, he communicated to his uncle what the reader hath been just before acquainted with.
    Henry Fielding  --  Tom Jones
  • In short, all the graces which young ladies and young gentlemen too learn from others, and the many improvements which, by the help of a looking-glass, they add of their own, are in reality those very spicula et faces amoris so often mentioned by Ovid; or, as they are sometimes called in our own language, the whole artillery of love.
    Henry Fielding  --  Tom Jones
  • Ovid tells us of a flower into which Hyacinthus was metamorphosed, that bears letters on its leaves, which Virgil recommended as a miracle to the Royal Society of his day; but no age nor nation hath ever recorded a bird with a letter in its maw.
    Henry Fielding  --  Tom Jones
  • Let Ovid be silent concerning Cadmus and Arethusa, for if, poetizing, he converts him into a serpent and her into a fountain, I envy him not; for two natures front to front never did he transmute, so that both the forms were prompt to exchange their matter.
    Dante Alighieri  --  Dante’s Inferno
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