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No RegretsRemorse in Classical Antiquity$
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Laurel Fulkerson

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199668892

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199668892.001.0001

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Ovid and the Coercion of Remorse from Above

Ovid and the Coercion of Remorse from Above

(p.133) 6 Ovid and the Coercion of Remorse from Above
No Regrets

Laurel Fulkerson

Oxford University Press

In his exile poetry, Ovid rarely expresses remorse. What he does instead is to note that he has nothing to apologize for, and to speculate, at great length, about how perhaps the emperor Augustus might himself benefit from some soul-searching. But instead, Ovid presents the emperor as seeking to coerce empty displays of remorse from the innocent. Here we again see clearly the status-lowering qualities of expressing remorse.

Keywords:   Augustus, [Latin word] relegatio, exile poetry, Roman religion

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