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I. HEROIDES: a collection of twenty-one elegies,1 being letters chiefly from leading "heroines" of the Homeric age.

2. AMORES: forty-nine elegies, in three books; miscellaneous, but chiefly amatory or personal in their topics.

3. ARS AMATORIA: three books, on the means of winning and retaining the affections of a mistress; and

4. REMEDIUM AMORIS: a poem prescribing the means by which a foolish passion may be subdued. These two poems contain the passages supposed to have excited the anger of Augustus.

5. METAMORPHOSEON Libri xv. The Metamorphoses was still unfinished when Ovid went into exile, and he committed it to the flames, apparently, with his own hand (Trist. i. 7. II, seq.); but copies had been preserved by his friends.

6. FASTORUM Libri vi.: a poetic Calendar of the Roman months, from January to June, designed to be continued to the end of the year; a storehouse of Roman custom and Italian legend.

7. TRISTIUM Libri v.; and

8. EPISTOLARUM EX Ponto Libri iv.: elegies written in exile. Many of the letters implore the intercession of friends at Rome, to obtain favor from Augustus.

9. IBIS, a poem of 646 verses written in exile: a bitter invective against some personal enemy.

10. HALIEUTICON LIBER: 132 hexameter verses, fragmentary natural history of Fishes.

11. MEDICAMINA FACIEI: a fragment of 100 elegiac verses, on the use of Cosmetics.

The following are included in some collections of Ovid's poems, but are probably not genuine :

CONSOLATIO ad Liviam Augustam: an elegy of 474 verses addressed to the Emperor's wife on the death of her son Drusus.

Nux ("the Nut-Tree"): lamentation of a Walnut-tree by the roadside, at the cruelties inflicted by wayfarers, and the vices of the age in general.

1 The word Elegies, in this connection, describes not the topic or style of treatment, but only the versification, — hexameter verse alternating with pentameter making the "elegiac stanza."

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29. The Deification of Romulus (XIV. 772–828)
30. The Worship of Esculapius (XV. 622-744).
31. The Apotheosis of Cæsar (XV. 745-879)
Appendix: The Creation (I. 1-88)



1. The Festival of Pales (IV. 721-808)
2. The Founding of Rome (IV. 809–862) .

3. Ritual to avert Blight (IV. 901-942)
II. HEROIDES: Penelope to Ulysses


1. The Poet of Idleness (I. 15)
2. Elegy on a Parrot (II. 6)

3. Farewell to the Loves (III. 15)


1. Banished from Rome (I. 3)

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2. The Exile's Sick Chamber (III. 3)
3. To Perilla (III. 7)


4. Winter Scenes in Thrace (III. 10)
5. The Poet's Autobiography (IV. 10)

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