Ovid and the Erotic Passions (CLA3056)

15 credits

This module explores a group of witty and controversial poems by the Roman poet Ovid which are thought to have been the reason for his banishment in AD 8; they appear to advocate adultery and promiscuity, and to pose a satirical challenge to the emperor Augustus’ programme of moral reform. His playful sex manual, The Art of Love, advises his readers on the arts of pick-up and seduction, his follow-up, Cures for Love, teaches unhappy lovers how to get over erotic obsession, while On Make Up advises women how to use cosmetic treatments to make themselves more attractive.