Ovid Overview | Ovid Timeline
Dates for Ovid's poetry are approximate. There was more than one edition of the Amores, the Metamorphoses were unfinished when Ovid left for exile. For other works, we don't have estimated dates.
43 B.C. Ovid Born in Sulmo on March 20
Note that this was almost exactly a year after the assassination of Julius Caesar. In 27 B.C. Caesar's adopted heir, Octavian became Augustus, the first emperor of Rome.
- c. 25 Ovid starts public recitations of his poems.
- c. 23 Ovid travels to Greece.
- 20 Ovid writes the Amores, originally 5 books of elegies, later reduced to 3, and probably starts his residence in Rome. Published between 19 and 8 B.C.
- 1 Ovid writes the Ars Amatoria
- A.D. 2 Ovid starts on his Metamorphoses and Fasti
- 8 Ovid finishes Metamorphoses and Augustus banishes him to Tomi
- 9 Ovid starts the Tristia and Epistulae ex Ponto
In A.D. 14 Augustus died and was succeeded by Tiberius, who did not recall Ovid from banishment.
- 17 or 18 Ovid dies in Tomi