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Space, justice, and the legal limits of empire: A comparative analysis of Fas, Ius, Lex, and Vates in Tr. and Pont.

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This chapter examines the distinction that Ovid draws between his place of exile and Augustus control over the city of Rome in light of the terms fas and ius, the theoretical bases of Roman legal thought. It considers the extent to which Ovids adoption of the term uates for his role as speaker of divine knowledge provides a fitting counterbalance to Augustus title of iustus as arbiter of Roman ius. In conclusion, the chapter reflects again on the figure of Caesar Germanicus, future princeps and current uates, as a potential bridge between the imperial household in Rome and the displaced poet in exile. In the Tristia and Epistulae ex Ponto Ovid often deploys the term iusand its complement lexwhen considering his exile in relation to the physical extent of the Roman empire.

Keywords: Augustus; fas; imperial household; ius; lex; Ovid; Roman legal thought; Tristia and Epistulae ex Ponto; uates



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