43 BC - 17

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Pūblius Ovidius Nāsō (Latin: [ˈpuːbliʊs ɔˈwɪdiʊs ˈnaːsoː]; 20 March 43 BC – 17/18 AD), known in English as Ovid ( OV-id), was a Roman poet who lived during the reign of Augustus. He was a contemporary of the older Virgil and Horace, with whom he is often ranked as one of the three canonical poets of Latin literature. The Imperial scholar Quintilian considered him the last of the Latin love elegists. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Ovid has received more than 2,679,961 page views. His biography is available in 126 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 123 in 2019). Ovid is the 26th most popular writer (down from 23rd in 2019), the 28th most popular biography from Italy (down from 24th in 2019) and the 5th most popular Italian Writer.

Ovid is most famous for his epic poem Metamorphoses, which tells the stories of how the world and its people came to be.

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Among writers, Ovid ranks 26 out of 5,794Before him are Jean-Paul Sartre, Aesop, Anton Chekhov, Alexander Pushkin, Giovanni Boccaccio, and Agatha Christie. After him are Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, Ernest Hemingway, Charles Dickens, Mark Twain, Miguel de Cervantes, and Horace.

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Among people born in 43 BC, Ovid ranks 1After him is Iullus Antonius. Among people deceased in 17, Ovid ranks 1After him are Livy, Gaius Julius Hyginus, Thusnelda, Archelaus of Cappadocia, and Antiochus III of Commagene.

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In Italy

Among people born in Italy, Ovid ranks 28 out of 4,088Before him are Marcus Aurelius (121), Virgil (-70), Petrarch (1304), Amerigo Vespucci (1454), Giovanni Boccaccio (1313), and Caligula (12). After him are Sandro Botticelli (1445), Pontius Pilate (-12), Lorenzo de' Medici (1449), Horace (-65), Alessandro Volta (1745), and Donatello (1386).

Among WRITERS In Italy

Among writers born in Italy, Ovid ranks 5Before him are Dante Alighieri (1265), Virgil (-70), Petrarch (1304), and Giovanni Boccaccio (1313). After him are Horace (-65), Giacomo Casanova (1725), Umberto Eco (1932), Giorgio Vasari (1511), Cato the Elder (-243), Plautus (-254), and Carlo Collodi (1826).