Fighting the Good Fight: Challenge Scenes in Ovidian Poetry
Through his presentation and interpretation of contest scenes in the Fasti, Metamorphoses, and Tristia, Ovid offers a non-Augustan reading. His intentions through his poetry were neither to praise the Emperor or bring about his downfall. Rather, he sought to explore his own authority and to hone his artistic craft. This desire sometimes brought him fortune and favor, and sometimes caused him trouble, as was the case with his later poetry.