Publius Ovidis Naso was the youngest and the last poet of Roman
poetry’s Golden century. He worked in many genres but what
brought him fame were his love Elegiac couplets called “Amores”
(The Loves) and two poems; “The Art of Love” and “Metamorphoses”.
The former is a collection of advice to men and women in love,
the latter is a large book of Greek and Roman myths from Creation
until Julius Caesar’s death.
The poet was born in Sulmo in 43 BC. From a young age he wrote in verse even when there was no need to do so. He held minor public posts but resigned to pursue poetry.
In 8 AD, Ovid was banished to Tomis (now Constanţa, Romania), on the Black sea, by the exclusive intervention of the Emperor Augustus. The reason for this disgrace was “The Art of Love”. Its author was accused of disseminating perversion and justifying adultery. He never saw Rome again and died during the ninth year of his exile.
Since the 14th century, Ovid’s works have been translated into some European languages. Between 1870 to 1880 the first Russian translations appeared - however, there is still no any Russain adaptation of Ovid in the prose. Therefore a big part of Russian readers had no opportunity nor the patience to discover the immortal Ovid’s work, while this book became as well known as the Bible among the high-school students in France. In 2010 David Bobée and Kirill Serebrennikov ordered a new translation from Rimma Genkina to start a project; a new epic production of the poem with the actors from Studio Seven.
Работы в «Гоголь-центре»
- «Metamorphoses» (Author)