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Stripping the Roman Ladies: Ovid's Rites and Readers

Ziogas, I.

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Ovid's disclaimers in the Ars Amatoria need to be read in this context. My main argument is that, in his disclaimers, Ovid is rendering his female readership socially unrecognizable, rather than excluding respectable virgins and matronae from his audience. Ars 1.31–4, Ovid's programmatic statement about his work's target audience, is a case in point. A closer look at the passage shows that he does not necessarily warn off Roman wives and marriageable girls: este procul, uittae tenues, insigne pudoris, quaeque tegis medios instita longa pedes: nos Venerem tutam concessaque furta canemus inque meo nullum carmine crimen erit. Ov. Ars Am. 1.31–4 Stay away, slender fillets, symbol of modesty, and you, long hem, who cover half the feet: we shall sing of safe sex and permitted cheating and there will be no wrong in my song.


Ziogas, I. (2014). Stripping the Roman Ladies: Ovid's Rites and Readers. Classical Quarterly, 64(02), 735-744.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jan 6, 2014
Online Publication Date Nov 20, 2014
Publication Date Dec 1, 2014
Deposit Date Jan 6, 2016
Publicly Available Date Jul 31, 2017
Journal Classical Quarterly
Print ISSN 0009-8388
Electronic ISSN 1471-6844
Publisher Classical Association
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 64
Issue 02
Pages 735-744


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