Publius Ovidius Naso known as Ovid in the English
English language
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-speaking world, was a Roman
Roman Empire
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 poet who is best known as the author of the three major collections of erotic poetry: Heroides
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, Amores, and Ars Amatoria
Ars Amatoria
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. He is also well known for the Metamorphoses, a mythological hexameter
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 poem; the Fasti
Fasti (poem)
The Fasti is a six-book Latin poem by Ovid believed to have been left unfinished when the poet was exiled to Tomis by the emperor Augustus in the year 8...

, about the Roman calendar; and the Tristia
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and Epistulae ex Ponto
Epistulae ex Ponto
Epistulae ex Ponto is a work of Ovid, in four books. It is especially important for our knowledge of Scythia Minor in his time....

, two collections of poems written in exile on the Black Sea.

Sic ego nec sine te nec tecum vivere possum.

Translation: So I can't live either without you or with you.

Exitus acta probat.

Translation: The result justifies the deed.

Resist beginnings; the prescription comes too late when the disease has gained strength by long delays.

Remedia Amoris, 91.

Qui finem quaeris amoris/Cedit amor rebus; res age, tutus eris.

Translation: Love yields to business. If you seek a way out of love, be busy; you'll be safe then.

Poetry comes fine-spun from a mind at peace.

Tristia, I, i, 39.

So long as you are secure you will count many friends; if your life becomes clouded you will be alone.

Tristia, I, ix, 5.

Cura quid expediat prius est quam quid sit honestum

It is annoying to be honest to no purpose.

Note too that a faithful study of the liberal arts humanizes character and permits it not to be cruel.

Ex Ponto, II, ix, 47.

The mind, conscious of rectitude, laughed to scorn the falsehood of report.

Fasti, IV, 311. Compare: "And the mind conscious of virtue may bring to thee suitable rewards", Virgil, The Aeneid, i, 604.

They come to see; they come that they themselves may be seen.

I, 99. Compare: "And for to see, and eek for to be seie", Geoffrey Chaucer, The Canterbury Tales, "The Wif of Bathes Prologue", line 6134.