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Michael Wood presents BBC documentary, "Ovid: The Poet and the Emperor"

(17 November 2017)

Historian, broadcaster and the School of Arts, Languages and Cultures’ Professor of Public History, Michael Wood, presented a new BBC documentary that marks 2,000 years since the death of the writer Ovid.

The film explored the life, works and influence of one of the world's greatest storytellers who died 2,000 years ago, and whose ‘Metamorphoses’ has continued to be one of the most influential of literary works. His work inspired William Shakespeare and no other writer from the classical world has had a bigger influence on European culture.

Using his own words, performed by one of Britain’s leading actors, Simon Russell Beale, it uncovered the extraordinary story of a poet's clash with power.

Following in Ovid's footsteps, Michael Wood travelled from the poet's birthplace in the beautiful town of Sulmona in Central Italy, to the bright lights of the capital, Rome.

The film also featured expert commentary from SALC Professors Roy Gibson and Alessandro Schiesaro. 

  • If you missed the documentary you can watch it on BBC iPlayer.


Photo by David Gennard