New PDF release: Ovid on Cosmetics: Medicamina Faciei Femineae and Related

By Marguerite Johnson

The Medicamina Faciei Femineae is a didactic elegy that showcases an early instance of Ovid's trademark mixture of poetic guideline and trivial subject material. Exploring woman good looks and cosmeceuticals, with specific emphasis at the notion of cultus, the poem provides 5 functional recipes for remedies for Roman ladies. overlaying either didactic parody and pharmacological truth, this deceptively advanced poem possesses wit and vivacity and offers a massive perception into Roman social mores and day by day actions.

The first complete learn in English dedicated to this little-researched yet multi-faceted poem, Ovid on Cosmetics contains an advent that situates the poem inside its literary background of didactic and elegiac poetry, its position in Ovid's oeuvre and its relevance to social values, own aesthetics and attitudes to lady attractiveness in Roman society. The Latin textual content is gifted on parallel pages along a brand new translation, and all Latin phrases and words are translated for the non-specialist reader. distinctive remark notes elucidate the textual content and person words nonetheless additional.

Ovid on Cosmetics offers and explicates this witty, subversive but major poem. Its recognition to the technicalities of cosmeceuticals and cosmetics, together with designated analyses of person constituents and the consequences of particular lotions and make-up, make this paintings an important contribution to the sweetness in antiquity.

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