Latin Love Lessons
Put a Little Ovid in Your Life
It wasn't just heated floors, hot baths, aqueducts, and paved roads that the Romans did first and best—they were also experts at the art of love. From the most effective pickup lines to percipient advice on getting over a breakup, from grooming tips to sex tips, the Romans had time-proof solutions. Charlotte Higgins brings them together in this indispensable guide to love—a collection of the richest, most illuminating, and sensuous writing about this mysterious emotion that can move us to joy or despair.
Filled with the sage advice of Catullus, Virgil, Horace, Ovid, Propertius, and Tibullus, this witty, smart, and laugh-out-loud-funny handbook offers a fresh, new take on romance based on some of civilization's oldest adages.
Praise For Latin Love Lessons: Put a Little Ovid in Your Life…
— The Times (London)
“Engaging, and sometimes very funny. . . . Hilarious.”
— The Guardian
“Latin Love Lessons is written with a light touch and a sense of humour that make it a delight to read. It’s as useful to an A-level Latin scholar as it is to anyone who has ever fallen in love.”
— Time Out London
Higgins takes the reader on a romp through the naughty bits of ancient verse, from the lewd epigrams of Catullus through to Ovid’s instructions to the lover. As she points out...whatever Cosmopolitan might think, Virgil said it better. . . . A funny, gloriously erudite and charming book.
— Scotland on Sunday
Harper, 9780061547423, 192pp.
Publication Date: January 6, 2009
About the Author
Charlotte Higgins read classics at Balliol College, Oxford. She has worked for the Guardian newspaper for over a decade in various guises, from 2001 as classical music editor and from 2008 as chief arts writer. She began her career in journalism at Vogue. She is also the author of Latin Love Lessons. She lives in London.