Ovid and his influence are studied in classrooms as various as his poetry, and this Approaches volume aims to help instructors in those diverse teaching environments. Part 1, "Materials," is fittingly collaborative and features brief overviews designed to give nonspecialists background on the more challenging aspects of teaching Ovid. Contributors examine his life and legacy, religion, and relation to the visual arts as well as his afterlife in the Latin classroom, in various translations, and in the Ovide moralise. The editors detail the contexts in which Ovid is taught, identify trends in teaching his work and the Ovidian tradition, and recommend editions and resources for classroom use.The introduction to part 2, "Approaches," considers Ovid's relation to Vergil and the development of Ovid's influence and reception, from the medieval and early modern period to the reinvigoration of Ovid studies in the twentieth century. In the four sections that follow, contributors provide practical ideas for classroom instruction, examine the political and moral discourses shaping Ovid and his legacy, explore how gender and the body are represented in Ovid and the Ovidian tradition, and look at various ways Ovid's works have been used and transformed by writers as diverse as Dante, Cervantes, and Ransmayr.
Barbara Weiden Boyd is Henry Winkley Professor of Latin and Greek at Bowdoin College. She specializes in the literature of the late Roman Republic and early principate, especially the poetry of Vergil and Ovid. Her publications include a monograph on Ovid's Amores and Brill's Companion to Ovid as well as a textbook on selections from Vergil's Aeneid for use in high schools and colleges. Her projects include a commentary on Ovid's Remedia amoris. Cora Fox is assistant professor of English at Arizona State University. She is the author of Ovid and the Politics of Emotion in Elizabethan England (2009) and has published on how Ovidianism shapes late Elizabethan English literature and culture. Her current projects include a study of how classicism accomplishes cultural work in Renaissance popular culture.