The Love Books

The Love Books


The Love Books By Ovid

Format: Global Grey illustrated edition

Pages (PDF): 214

Publication Date: 1930

Illustrations: Yes

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Pages (PDF): 214

Publication Date: This translation by J. Lewis may, 1930

Illustrations: Yes

About The Book: Illustrated. Includes: The Amores (the Loves), Ars Amatoria (the Art of Love), Remedia Amoris (The Cure for Love) and the fragmentary Medicamina Faciei Feminae (Women’s Facial Cosmetics). This version was published in 1930 in a ‘limited’ edition with sensual art deco illustrations by Jean de Bosschere. The Amores, originally published about 18 BCE, portrays the evolution of an affair with a married woman named Corinna. The Ars Amatoria, published about 1 BCE, is a guidebook for seduction; it includes many tips and tricks which would not be out of place in a modern dating manual. The first two books are written from a male point of view; the last book, which was probably written at a later date, is addressed to women. It is believed that this work, which celebrates extramarital sex, was one of the reasons that Ovid was banished by the Emperor Augustus, who was attempting to promote a more austere morality.

Chapter List

Introduction 1

Introduction 2

Introduction 3

Introduction 4




Elegy 1. The Poet Explains How It Is He Comes To Sing Of Love Instead Of Battles

Elegy 2. The Triumph Of Love

Elegy 3. He Commends Himself To His Mistress By The Merits Of His Poetry, The Purity Of His Morals, And By The Vow Of His Unchangeable Fidelity

Elegy 4. Ovid, His Mistress And Her Husband Are All Bidden To The Same Supper. He Gives His Mistress, A Code By Which They Can Testify Their Love For Each Other, Beneath Her Husband’s Very Eyes

Elegy 5. His Delight At Having Obtained Corinna’s Favours

Elegy 6. He Conjures The Porter To Open The Door Of His Mistress’s House

Elegy 7. He Curses Himself For Having Maltreated His Mistress

Elegy 8. He Curses A Certain Old Woman Of The Town Whom He Overhears Instructing His Mistress In The Arts Of A Courtesan

Elegy 9. He Compareth Love With War

Elegy 10. He Endeavours To Dissuade His Mistress From Becoming A Courtesan

Elegy 11. He Asks Nape To Deliver A Love-Letter To Her Mistress

Elegy 12. He Calls Down Curses On The Tablets Which Bring Him Word Of His Mistress’s Refusal

Elegy 13. He Entreats The Dawn To Hasten Not Her Coming

Elegy 14. To His Mistress, Who, Contrary To His Counsel, Dyed Her Hair With Noxious Compositions, And Has Nearly Become Bald

Elegy 15. The Poets Alone Are Immortal


Elegy 1. He Tells Wherefore, Instead Of The Wars Of The Giants, Which He Had Commenced, He Is Constrained To Sing Of Love

Elegy 2. To The Eunuch Bagoas, Begging Him To Give Him Access To The Fair One Committed To His Charge

Elegy 3. He Appeals Once More To Bagoas, Who Had Proved Inflexible

Elegy 4. He Confesses His Inclination For Love And His Admiration For All Manner Of Women

Elegy 5. He Upbraids His Mistress Whom He His Detected Acting Falsely Towards Him

Elegy 6. He Laments The Death Of The Parrot He Had Given To His Mistress

Elegy 7. He Assures Corinna That He Has Never Had Any Guilty Commerce With Cypassis, Her Maid

Elegy 8. He Asks Cypassis How In The World Corinna Could Have Found Them Out

Elegy 9. He Beseeches Cupid Not To Discharge All His Arrows At Him Alone

Elegy 10. He Tells Græcinus How, Despite What He Says To The Contrary, It Is Possible To Be In Love With Two Women At The Same Time

Elegy 11. He Seeks To Dissuade Corinna From Going To Baiæ

Elegy 12. He Rejoices At Having At Last Won The Favours Of Corinna

Elegy 13. He Beseeches Isis To Come To The Aid Of Corinna In Her Confinement

Elegy 14. On Corinna’s Recovery He Writes To Her Again Concerning Her Attempt At Abortion And Tells Her How Naughty She Has Been

Elegy 15. To The Ring Which He Is Sending To His Mistress

Elegy 16. To Corinna, Beseeching Her To Visit Him In His Country Home At Sulmo

Elegy 17. He Complains To Corinna That She Is Too Conceited About Her Good Looks

Elegy 18. To Macer: To Whom He Excuses Himself For Giving Himself Up Wholly To Erotic Verse

Elegy 19. To A Man With Whose Wife He Was In Love


Elegy 1. The Tragic And The Elegiac Muse Strive For The Possession Of Ovid

Elegy 2. The Circus

Elegy 3. To His Mistress, Whom He Has Found To Be Forsworn

Elegy 4. He Urges A Husband Not To Keep So Strict A Watch On His Wife

Elegy 5. A Dream

Elegy 6. To A River Which Has Overflowed Its Banks And Hindered The Poet, Who Was Hastening To His Mistress

Elegy 7. The Poet Reproaches Himself For Having Failed In His Duty Towards His Mistress

Elegy 8. To His Mistress, Complaining That She His Given Preference To A Wealthier Rival

Elegy 9. On The Death Of Tibullus

Elegy 10. He Complains To Ceres That, During Her Festival, He Is Not Suffered To Share His Mistress’ Couch

Elegy 11. Weary At Length Of His Mistress’ Infidelities, He Swears That He Will Love Her No Longer

Elegy 12. He Laments That His Poems Have Made His Mistress Too Well Known

Elegy 13. The Festival Of Juno At Falisci

Elegy 14. To His Mistress

Elegy 15. He Bids Farewell To His Wanton Muse, To Court One, More Austere


Book 1

Book 2

Book 3

Remedia Amoris (The Cures For Love)

The Art Of Beauty

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