Beers, Neil Adam
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Tristia 2 is the prime example of Ovid’s attempt, while in exile, to defend and reinterpret his erotic poetry in the form of an apologia pro vita sua to the emperor who banished him. In Epistulae Ex Ponto 3.3, Cupid reappears as a character in Ovid’s poetry in order to corroborate the poet’s defense given in Tristia 2. Cupid’s epiphany in Ex Ponto 3.3 allows Ovid to reiterate his defense in novel fashion by recalling Cupid to vouch for Ovid’s intention and effect in the work in which he figured so prominently. In both poems Ovid argues that his original intention was not to influence Roman matronae, and that there is nullum crimen in the Ars. This thesis discusses how Ovid’s exile poetry, most notably Tristia 2 and Ex Ponto 3.3, defends and reinterprets his erotic poetry to repudiate its subversive content in order to effect his recall to Rome.