Sunday, January 3, 2021

M/M: A Love Among the Stars: Ampelus, Ovid, Fasti III.409ff

 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


              Tristia, etc.



Region 1: Peninsular Italy; Region 2: Western Europe; Region 3: Western Coast of Africa; Region 4: Egypt and Eastern Mediterranean; Region 5: Greece and the Balkans



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.



Early Roman Lit: through 2nd c BCE: Republican Rome: through 1st c. BCE; Golden Age: 70 BCE to 18 CE; Silver Age: 18 CE to 150 CE; Age of Conflict: 150 CE - 410 CE; Byzantine and Late Latin: after 410 CE


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