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Ovid  : 

" ... it was whilst at a frivolous, rote-learning girls' school that ... [Frances Power Cobbe] developed her determined, methodical aproach [to reading] ... She read all the Faerie Queene, all of Milton's poetry, the Divina Commedia and Gerusalemme Liberata in the originals, and in translation the Iliad, Odyssey, Aeneid, Pharsalia, and ... [nearly all] of Aeschylus, Sophocles, Euripedes, Ovid, Tacitus, Xenophon, Herodotus and Thucydides."

Century: 1800-1849     Reader/Listener/Group: Frances Power Cobbe      Print: Book


Ovid  : Metamorphoses

"The journal [of Anne Clifford, Countess of Dorset, Pembroke, and Montgomery] ends in 1619 when she wrote: "'My Coz. Maria read Ovid's Metamorphosis to me. "'The 14th December Wat. Conniston began to read the book of Josephus.

Century: 1600-1699     Reader/Listener/Group: Maria      Print: Book


Ovid  : unknown

Edward Moulton-Barrett to his sister Elizabeth Barrett, 26 April 1823: 'Russel works us most properly now in Grammar, and Ovid which we are to be examined in'.

Century: 1800-1849     Reader/Listener/Group: John Russell (master), Thomas Moulton-Barrett, and other boys at Charterhouse     Print: Book


Ovid  : 

'[Tennyson] was sent to the Grammar School [at Louth] [...] I still have the books which he used there, his Ovid, Delectus, Analecta Graeca Minora, and the old Eton Latin Grammar, originally put together by Erasmus, Lilly and Colet.'

Century: 1800-1849     Reader/Listener/Group: Alfred Tennyson      Print: Book


Ovid  : works

Alfred Tennyson to 'Mr Malan', 14 November 1883: 'I can assure you I am innocent as far as I am aware of knowing one line of Statius; and of Ovid's "Epicedion" I never heard. I have searched for it in vain in a little three volume edition of Ovid which I have here, but that does not contain this poem'.

Century: 1850-1899     Reader/Listener/Group: Alfred Tennyson      Print: Book


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