What doesn’t love perceive?

Quid non sentit Amor?

           Ovid, Metamorphoses, Liber IV.68 -Pyramus et Thisbe

 

What does love not perceive?

               Ovid, Metamorphoses, Book IV.68 -Pyramus and Thisbe

 

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Roman Mosaic (From Cyprus) – Pyramus and Thisbe (written in Greek here)                        ΠΥΡΑΜΟΣ ΚΑΙ ΘΙΣΒΗ

Remember your first love? It seemed love could make you understand anything, be invincible, and know everything. Is this only an allusion?

Ovid has plenty to say about love: Daphne and Apollo, Pyramus and Thisbe, Baucis and Philomen, King Midas, Echo and Narcissus, for better or for worse. Examine your own life. Is it similar to Ovid’s metamorphoses? Does your love change over time? Has it been better? Worse? For the right person? For the wrong?

Reading ancient literature can help you see this and help you evaluate your own life. You can see that others have had it far worse than you if you are not feeling well. Or if you are nostalgic, you can see how passionate love really never lasts. Lastly, you can relive your own life and remember with delight.

Lastly, as Sappho says below, it is what we love that is most beautiful, so love something – love ancient literature and learn to perceive what the ancients have to teach us.

 

 

 

 

 

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