Fasti (Ovid)

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Ovids Fasti in a manuscript made by the humanist Pomponio Leto . Rome, Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana, Vat.Lat. 3263, fol. 119v (15th century)

The Fasti by Publius Ovidius Naso are a poem written in elegiac distich in the tradition of the ancient didactic poem . Its subject is the feast days of the Roman calendar , which are dealt with in chronological order, with one book corresponding to each month. The origin and religious background are dealt with on the festive days, which makes the Fasti a unique source for the Roman religion . The title of the work refers to the often handed down list-like calendar compilations called Fasti .

The work has remained a fragment. Of the twelve books planned, only six have survived. The completion of the work was probably interrupted by Augustus' banishment of the author . In the exile in Tomoi a revision of the existing books was started, but this only flourished up to Book I.



  • Elaine Fantham: Recent Readings of Ovid's Fasti. In: Classical Philology 90, 1995, pp. 367-378
  • Geraldine Herbert-Brown: Ovid and the "Fasti": an historical study. Clarendon Press, Oxford 1994, ISBN 0-19-814935-2
  • Carole E. Newlands: Playing with Time. Ovid and the Fasti. Cornell University Press, Ithaca 1995, ISBN 0-8014-3080-1

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Individual evidence

  1. Bömer: Die Fasten Vol. 1, 1957, pp. 18f., 39-21