An 1887 statue of Ovid in Constanta, Romania. Ovid was exiled to the nearby village of Tomis
The famous French artist Eugene Delacroix produced this painting of Ovid in exile at the Black Sea port of Tomis.
Ovidius Publius Naso This statue was erected in 1887 in Constantia, Romania, the city which includes the tiny village of Tomis to which Ovid was exiled from 8 CE until his death nine years later.
Ovid, il Naso “ The Nose,” named partly for his ability to sniff out gossip in the elite circles of Imperial Rome.
Ovid as European Literary Star The frontispiece of George Sandy’s 1632 edition of Ovid’s Metamorphoses
Ovid and the Scythians In 1859, prominent French painter Eugene Delacroix imagined Ovid in exile.
Ovid inspired many later works of western European art. <ul><li>As western Europe revived from the collapse of the Roman Empire and the Dark Ages, the elite began to look at the past to create an historical memory tying them to what they considered to be great cultures. </li></ul>Greece and Rome provided inspiring models for those who wanted great power and glory, and Ovid’s Metamorphoses embodied an intriguing mythological world which could be adapted both to romantic fantasy and to medieval Christianity.