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Fasti by Publius (Ovid) Ovidius Naso is a fascinating exploration of the Roman calendar and the various festivals and rituals that were celebrated throughout the year. Ovid's poetic style brings these ancient traditions to life, immersing the reader in the colorful and often bizarre customs of ancient Rome.

The depth of Ovid's research is impressive, as he delves into the origins and meanings behind each festival, offering insights into the religious, political, and social significance of these events. His storytelling ability is captivating, weaving together myths, legends, and historical anecdotes to create a rich tapestry of Roman cultural practices.

While some readers may find the abundance of names, dates, and details overwhelming, those with an interest in ancient history and mythology will find Fasti to be a valuable resource. Ovid's lyrical prose and playful wit make this book an engaging read, shedding light on the complexities of Roman society and the enduring legacy of its traditions. Overall, Fasti is a must-read for anyone interested in the intricacies of ancient Roman life and culture.

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The Fasti is a Latin poem in six books, written by Ovid and believed to have been published in 8 AD. The Fasti is organized according to the Roman calendar and explains the origins of Roman holidays and associated customs, often through the mouths of deities and with multiple aetiologies. The poem was left unfinished when the poet was exiled to Tomis, so only the first six months of the year appear in the poem.

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