“What was Horace’s concept of personal ethical cause and effect?”

Horace wasn’t a very optimistic man. We see this in his writings, he talks about death quite often. And he keeps coming to the conclusion “that there isn’t a reason for living.” He decides that life is useless, pointless and there really isn't any hope. He believes that we all will die one day and … Continue reading “What was Horace’s concept of personal ethical cause and effect?”

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“What was Ovid’s view of the gods’ ethical performance?”

In Ovid’s book Metamorphoses, he tells us many stories about the gods and their interaction with humans and the creation of certain objects. Lots of times in Metamorphoses there are stories where it is implied that humans are at heart part divine. And the way the god's act shows this belief; as they quarrel among … Continue reading “What was Ovid’s view of the gods’ ethical performance?”

“Was there any basis for an optimistic view of Rome in Livy and Ovid?”

Livy and Ovid in case you don’t know are Poets and historians. And they both wrote books pertaining to the foundation of Rome, they are both different. Livy’s book is less detailed as Ovid’s book is not. And Ovid’s book contains religion, gods, or some higher power, where Livy’s book doesn't have a “god” or … Continue reading “Was there any basis for an optimistic view of Rome in Livy and Ovid?”