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Publius Ovidius Naso (Latin: [ˈpuːbliʊs ɔˈwɪdiʊs ˈnaːso(ː)]; 21 March 43 BC – AD 17/18), known in English as Ovid ( OV-id), was a Roman poet who lived during the reign of Augustus. He was a younger contemporary of 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 3,375,093 page views. His biography is available in 129 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 126 in 2019). Ovid is the 19th most popular writer (up from 26th in 2019), the 24th most popular biography from Italy (up from 28th in 2019) and the 3rd 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 19 out of 5,755Before him are Victor Hugo, Virgil, Aesop, Jules Verne, Miguel de Cervantes, and Jean-Paul Sartre. After him are Molière, Agatha Christie, Anton Chekhov, Albert Camus, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, and Petrarch.

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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 24 out of 4,668Before him are Commodus (161), Giordano Bruno (1548), Francis of Assisi (1182), Amerigo Vespucci (1454), Caravaggio (1571), and Nero (37). After him are Sandro Botticelli (1445), Marcus Aurelius (121), Petrarch (1304), Caligula (12), Giovanni Boccaccio (1313), and Alessandro Volta (1745).

Among WRITERS In Italy

Among writers born in Italy, Ovid ranks 3Before him are Dante Alighieri (1265) and Virgil (-70). After him are Petrarch (1304), Giovanni Boccaccio (1313), Horace (-65), Umberto Eco (1932), Giacomo Casanova (1725), Giorgio Vasari (1511), Cato the Elder (-243), Plautus (-254), and Carlo Collodi (1826).