Augustus and the Augustan Age > Augustan Age Literature
The major surviving Augustan Age literature is mostly from poets, with the exception of prose writer Livy. These Augustan Age poets had an advantage over most writers: wealthy patrons who afforded them the leisure to write -- and read, since according to Suetonius, there was, then, a library to read from.
Augustan Age literature was noticeably influenced not only by the preceding era of Latin literature, but by Syracusan (like Theocritus, Moschus and Bion of Smyrna) and Alexandrian (like Eratosthenes, Nicophron, and Apollonius of Rhodes) Greek writers.
While Vergil (Virgil), Horace, and Livy may have sought or held a lofty moral tone, other authors of the period were more ... relaxed. They wrote in a wide variety of forms, including didactic poetry, love elegy, satire, history, and epic.
- A history of Rome up to 500 A.D., by Eustace Miles
- The Roman poets of the Augustan age: Virgil, by William Young Sellar
- "Augustan Poetry and the Life of Luxury," by Jasper Griffin; The Journal of Roman Studies, Vol. 66, (1976), pp. 87-105
Tibullus wrote love poetry about Delia, whom Apuleius identified as Plania, and then Nemesis.
Publius Ovidius Naso or Ovid was born on March 20, 43 B.C.*, in Sulmo (modern Sulmona, Italy), to an equestrian** (moneyed class), family. His father took him and his one-year older brother to Rome to study to become public speakers and politicians, but instead, Ovid put his rhetorical education to work in his poetic writing.