~ nee Publius Ovidius Naso ~
(43 BC - 17 AD)

Roman narrative poet whose Metamorphoses  has been called
'the major treasury of classical mythology.'  His Heroides
is a series of twenty-one imaginary letters of mythological
characters to their lovers, the major arcana of the Tarot.
The Fasti  is a mythological poem that
describes the ceremonies of Roman festivals.

Ovid's works have exerted tremendous influence on both
Roman and English literature. He seems to have been
read more than any other ancient poet, even Vergil.
This great story-teller, who predicted in
Book XV of the Metamorphoses:

"I shall be read, and through all centuries . . .
I shall be living, always,"
  particularly influenced
the greatest English poets:  Chaucer,
Spenser, Shakespeare and Milton.

~ quoted from "Dictionary of Classical Mythology" by J.E. Zimmerman

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