painting by birdie 95 on deviant art
The Coloseum, Rome
Ovid was a Roman poet who is best known as the author of the three major collections of poetry: Heroides, Amores, and Ars Amatoria, and of the Metamorphoses.
I am not a Latin scholar, and only know the poet Ovid by his name, but I found this poem written by the great English poet Geoffrey Hill very thought-provoking.
Ovid in the Third Reich by Geoffrey Hill, 1968
non peccat, quaecumque potest peccasse negare, solaque famosam culpa professa facit.
translation: he does not sin, not sin who can deny it,
and only makes a fault.
Amores, III, xiv
I love my work and my children. God
Is distant, difficult. Things happen.
Too near the ancient troughs of blood
Innocence is no earthly weapon.
I have learned one thing: not to look down
So much upon the damned. They, in their sphere,
Harmonize strangely with the divine
Love. I, in mine, celebrate the love-choir.