BBC FOUR: Ovid: The Poet and the Emperor

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Release date: 16/11/2017

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Michael Wood explores the life, works and influence of one of the world's greatest storytellers who died 2,000 years ago. When an Elizabethan literary critic said that the witty soul of Ovid lived on in 'honey tongued Shakespeare' they were just stating the obvious. Ovid, everyone knew, was simply the most clever, sexy and funny poet in the western tradition. His Metamorphoses, it has often been said, is the most influential secular book in European literature.

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TitleOvid: The Poet and the Emperor
Media name/outletBBC Four
Media typeTelevision
CountryUnited Kingdom
Date16/11/17
DescriptionMichael Wood explores the life, works and influence of one of the world's greatest storytellers who died 2,000 years ago. When an Elizabethan literary critic said that the witty soul of Ovid lived on in 'honey tongued Shakespeare' they were just stating the obvious. Ovid, everyone knew, was simply the most clever, sexy and funny poet in the western tradition. His Metamorphoses, it has often been said, is the most influential secular book in European literature.
URLwww.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b09g0l2q
PersonsMichael Wood, Roy Gibson, Alessandro Schiesaro