Turner, Steven Robert
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The Ars Amatoria stood in direct contradiction to Augustan moral legislation; Ovid discussed how to pursue the very sorts of liaisons that Augustus sought to ban with the lex Iulia de Adulteriis Coercendis and the lex Iulia de Maritandis Ordinibus of 18 B.C.E. In one section of the poem’s first book, Ovid more subtly employed various buildings associated with the Julian gens in providing the settings for the pursuit of such relationships. Thus, he used these symbols of Augustan authority as weapons, as it were, in an ad hominem attack against the princeps, suggesting each of them as a place where only the authority of love prevailed. This study will identify the Augustan structures Ovid named (and one he seemingly omitted) as loci amoris and will analyze the literary, political, and erotic reasons for their inclusion or apparent omission in his didactic poem.