In this excellent and well-crafted volume, Hexter, Pfuntner and Haynes have performed a great service for all scholars interested in the later tradition of Ovid. The Appendix Ovidiana brings together for the first time 34 Latin poems written from Late Antiquity to the late Middle Ages whose authorship is credited to Ovid in the manuscript tradition but not by modern editors. The remarkable range of genre and style displayed in the collection sets a very high bar for our translators, but they have accomplished their task with generally very favorable results.
The volume is handsomely produced. The type chosen is clear and a joy to read (bravo to the editors of the Dumbarton Oaks Medieval Library). Best of all, all this Wissenschaft comes at the bargain price of 35 dollars. This volume marks an important addition to the Dumbarton Oaks Medieval Library. It makes accessible for the first time Latin poems circulating under Ovid’s name from antiquity to the late Middle Ages. It should be on every medievalist’s bookshelf.
Frank T. Coulson
Bryn Mawr Classical Review