Defining Mythicism: Ovid Never Exiled

Seems that Classics has its own version of mythicism.  According to this source:

Then there’s another theory that has bounced around scholars for the last century or so: Ovid never was exiled. The main reason for this theory is that the only record of it is Ovid’s, except for “dubious” mentions by Pliny the Elder and Statius, but no one else until the 4th century CE. He did apparently die in Tomis in 17 CE, however, and has been adopted by Romanian nationalists as “The First Romanian Poet”.

* via The Longest Banned Book? | ILAB-LILA.

And as David Meadows observes:

I didn’t realize that the ‘phoney exile’ claim was still kicking around — near as I can tell, it hasn’t really been around (i.e. taken seriously) for at least twenty years or so. For a summary of the scholarship , check out the Wikipedia article’s section on ‘exile’ upon which the above appears to be based. Whatever the case, it’s one of those ‘literary oppositional arguments’ which can stand up because of the nature of our sources, but really is the Classics Department version of a conspiracy theory.

via Ovid Never Exiled? « rogueclassicism.

Quite so.  Of course this doesn’t speak towards the historicity of the figure of Jesus, but as its own subject substance, its interesting that this sort of thing exists in Classics.

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