Ovid’s Birthday

Publius Ovidius Naso is 2050 today. The vernal equinox seems a suitably Ovidian date.

Though the specific date is (so far as I know) unknown, this year is also the 2000th anniversary of his banishment to Tomis: I wonder if there are any scholarly conferences scheduled to commemorate the fact. The Tristia and Epistulae ex Ponto and even the Ibis have gotten far more scholarly attention in the last decade or two than in the previous century, so it would be a propitious time. I suppose a Younger Julia conference would also be in order, if enough can be said about her and her banishment to justify one.

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