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Ovid as Historian

Ovid as historian in 13th- and 14th-century Europe, by Irene Salvo García (for The Values of French).

"Ovid, the poet of mythology, the poet of love, is extraordinarily present in texts dealing with universal history in the Middle Ages. His works, especially those about mythology such as the Metamorphoses and the Heroides, are used as authorised sources to talk about the Pagans in the ancient history of Greece and Rome. Alongside Abraham and Moses, Alexander and Nebuchadnezzar, one meets Saturn, Jupiter and their heirs. The historiographical usage of Ovid, or Ovidius historicus, though innovative and surprising, can be related to prior manifestations."

Read more at The Values of French Literature and Language in the European Middle Ages.

Editing was completed: 28.02.2018