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Our speaker will examine why Diodorus Siculus’s inclusion of his hometown Agyrium in the Bibliotheca Historica is important, especially the glorification of its mythical past, its apparent strength in both politics and warfare, and the fertility of its environs.
When Ovid was exiled to the Black Sea in 8 CE by the emperor Augustus, he was convinced that one of the reasons was his mock-didactic poem Ars Amatoria, which may be translated as the Art or Science of being a Lover. Our speaker will look at the background and precedents of this highly witty and irreverent poem and at the poem itself, with readings from each of the three books.