Publius Ovidius Naso was a Roman poet, more frequently known today as Ovid, and a contemporary of [[Creator/{{Virgil}} Publius Vergilius Maro]]. He lived from 43 BC to ''circa'' 18 AD.

His early works included the ''Amores'' (''The Loves''), the ''Epistolae Heroidum'' (''Epistles of the Heroines''), the ''Medicamina faciei'' (''Cosmetics''), the ''Ars amatoria'' (''The Art of Love''), and the ''Remedia amoris'' (''Remedies for Love''). He also completed his epic ''Literature/TheMetamorphoses'' in the year 8 AD.

After this, however, Ovid was banished. The poet blamed ''carmen et error''[[note]]A poem and an error[[/note]] for his exile, though exactly what caused Emperor UsefulNotes/{{Augustus}} to banish him remains unknown. During this time Ovid wrote ''Tristia'' and ''Epistulae ex Ponto'', which were clearly affected by his despair over his exile. Neither Augustus nor his successor relented, and Ovid finally died in Tomi, around 18 AD.

Today, Ovid's works remain among the well known classical works -- his ''Literature/TheMetamorphoses'', for instance, serves as our best source for countless myths.