Dancing in ancient Rome.



“My poems have often been danced for a crowd.”
—Ovid, Tristia 2.519

Best known for his Metamorphoses and collections of love poetry, as this Roman mosaic suggests, Ovid also greatly influenced Western art. See more depictions of Ovid’s poetry in art, taken from Change Me: Stories of Sexual Transformation from Ovid, a new translation of Ovid’s stories by Jane Alison.

Image credit: Roman mosaic, 3rd CE, Scala / Art Resource, NY

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