Roms Metamorphosen im Exil

Die Romae novae des exul bei Ovid und Lucan


  • Matthias Heinemann Johannes-Gutenberg Universität Mainz
  • Adrian Weiß Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn



P. Ovidius Naso, M. Annaeus Lucanus, exile, Rome, Pompeius Magnus


In this article, we want to elucidate and contrast the exilic fates rendered in Ovid’s exilic elegies and in Lucan’s Bellum Civile. While Ovid’s persona undergoes a slow development towards acceptance of the exilic condition by ‘refounding’ a second Rome in Tomi, Lucan’s Pompey gradually severs himself from Rome, culminating in him dying far from home apparently without regrets. Both characters try to transfer the concept of Rome to new entities. However, they are not able to escape Rome’s grasp: Pompey is killed by a Roman mercenary in Egypt, Naso’s Roma secunda is in the end only a reproduction of the exul’s irrevocably Roman fate.