Ovid, Tristia

LCL 151: 262-263

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Tristai, V

Structure in the Books of the Tristia

The following analyses have been proposed:

Book 1 (Dickinson 161)

A 1 Prologue
B 2 Storm at sea
3 Last night in Rome
4 Storm at sea
C 5 To a friend
D 6 To his wife
C 7 To a friend
  8 To a traitor
  9 To a friend
B 10 Ovid’s route
A 11 Epilogue

Book 3 (Dickinson 175; Evans 72)

A 1 Prologue,
B 2 Hardship of exile
C 3 To wife
  4a To friend
  4b To friends
  5 To friend
  6 To friend
D 7 To Perilla
C 8 The exile’s prayer
  9 Name of Tomis
  10 Winter in Tomis
  11 A harsh country
  12 Spring in Tomis
B 13 Birthday in exile
A 14 Epilogue

Book 4 (Dickinson 180; Evans 89)

A 1 Prologue
B 2 Triumph in Rome
  3 To his wife
  4 To a noble friend
  5 To a loyal friend
C 6 Ovid’s desire of death
  7 To a lapsed friend
  8 Old age in exile
  9 To an enemy
A 10 Epilogue (autobiography)

Book 5 (Evans 107)

A 1 Prologue
B 2 Wife
  3, 4 Friends
  5 wife
  6, 7 Friends
C 8 Enemy
B 9, 10 Friends
  11 Wife
  12, 13 Friends
  14 Wife
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DOI: 10.4159/DLCL.ovid-tristia.1924