Diana and Actaeon (detail), Giuseppe Cesari 1603-1606Ovid is the most famous victim of censorship from antiquity. He was exiled from Rome, never to return. But we have many questions about his celebrated case:

  • What did Ovid do to earn the wrath of Augustus?
  • How were exile and censorship employed at Rome?
  • How does Ovid portray censorship in his retelling of classical myth?

This website addresses all these questions and more in three separate sections:

A History of Censorship: banning books from Ovid’s day to modern times

Exile from Rome: how exile worked, and why Ovid was banished

Censored Figures in the Metamorphoses: mythical figures struggle against censorship

This site is intended as a resource for high school students and undergraduates interested in learning more about Ovid. It was created, designed, and developed by Colby College students in an Arts and Humanities Lab sponsored by the Center for the Arts and Humanities. To learn more about Colby’s innovative use of Arts and Humanities Labs, visit the Center for the Arts and Humanities’ website.

Individual pages were researched and written by the students in Latin 251: Ovid and the Censored Voice: Emma Bailey, Amelia Barnett, Paul Dougherty, Brett Ewer, Sean Hatton, Indiana Jones, Emma Marjollet, Megan Michie, Kate Parsons, Cam Poole, and Tara Tischio.

Professor Kerill O’Neill, the instructor for LT251, served as the editor. Training in the use of WordPress was provided by Technology Education Specialist, Adam Nielsen. Coaching on writing for the web was offered by Alexander Champoux, Coordinator of the Farnham Writers’ Center and Colby Writing Program.