TRIGGER WARNING: accidental death
Ampelon intonsum satyro nymphaque creatum
fertur in Ismariis Bacchus amasse iugis. 410
tradidit huic vitem pendentem frondibus ulmi,
quae nunc de pueri nomine nomen habet.
dum legit in ramo pictas temerarius uvas,
decidit: amissum Liber in astra tulit.
--Ovid, Fasti III.409-414
It is said that in the Thracian mountains,
Bacchus loved the shaggy-haired Ampelus
(the son of a satyr and a nymph).
Bacchus created for him a vine
hanging on the branches of an elm,
the vine that now holds his boyfriend’s [pueri] name.
But while Ampelus was plucking grapes from a branch
Being careless, he fell:
And Bacchus, in grief, turned him into a constellation.
Name: Publius Ovidius Naso
Date: 43 BCE – 18 CE
Works: Ars Amatoria
Ovid was one of the most famous love poets of Rome’s Golden Age. His most famous work, the Metamorphoses, provides a history of the world through a series of interwoven myths. Most of his poetry is erotic in nature; for this reason, he fell into trouble during the conservative social reforms under the reign of the emperor Augustus. In 8 CE he was banished to Bithynia, where he spent the remainder of his life pining for his native homeland.
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