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Ovid, Ars Amatoria Book 3

Commentary by Christopher M. Brunelle

Christopher M. Brunelle

Publication Date - 10 November 2014

ISBN: 9780199987337

144 pages
7-1/2 x 9-1/4 inches

In Stock

Offers students a streamlined, up-to-date, and accessible commentary on Ars Amatoria Book 3


In all of ancient literature there is nothing quite like the Ars Amatoria, Ovid's guide to seduction. He devotes Book 3 to teaching the women of Augustan Rome how to find, catch, and keep a male lover. Along with generous portions of wit and absurdity, his text contains a wealth of cultural references, highlighting Rome's architecture, theatres, gladiatorial spectacles, temples, baths, men's and women's clothing, hairstyles, cosmetics, music, poetry-reading, letter-writing, games, slavery, parties, sexuality, and sex. This last and longest book of Ovid's most notorious work helps us see ancient Rome in a new light.

Ars Amatoria Book 3 is the first volume in the Oxford Greek and Latin College Commentaries series.


The Oxford Greek and Latin College Commentaries series is designed for students in intermediate or advanced Greek or Latin. Each volume includes a comprehensive introduction. The placement, on the same page, of the ancient text, a running vocabulary, and succinct notes focusing on grammar, syntax, and distinctive features of style provides students with essential learning aids.

Series Editors: Barbara Weiden Boyd, Bowdoin College, Stephen Esposito, Boston University, and Mary Lefkowitz, Wellesley College


Selected Letters from Pliny the Younger's Epistulae
Jacqueline Carlon, Boston University

Suetonius's Life of Augustus

Darryl Phillips, Connecticut College

About the Author(s)

Christopher M. Brunelle is Assistant Professor of Classics at St. Olaf College. He is the author of several articles on Ovid and on medieval-Latin pedagogy. Dr. Brunelle has contributed to a textbook edition of Plautus' Poenulus and translated the entire Ars Amatoria into limericks.


"Ovid's poem of erotic instruction addressed to the women of Rome is among his most significant and entertaining works, but its wide vocabulary and elegantly compressed syntax make it a challenging read. Christopher Brunelle's witty, illuminating, and concise commentary makes the text quickly accessible on every level, and provides constant stimulation while aiding comprehension."--Roy Gibson, The University of Manchester

Table of Contents

    Map: Rome in the time of Ovid
    Liber Tertivs, with commentary

Featured Resources

Christopher Brunelle's Ovid, Ars Amatoria has been awarded the 2016 Bolchazy Book Award.

Check out a review of his book here: https://classicsforallreviews.wordpress.com/2015/07/22/ovid-ars-amatoria-book-3-a-commentary/.