The man knew his makeup. The rumours are true: it’s Publius Ovidius Naso’s 2,057th birthday. You can score some points with the classicists in your life by mentioning this in casual conversation, especially if you toss in a reference to the Metamorphoses. And if you’re wooing a classicist, or wooing anyone, really, be certain to heed the advice in Ovid’s Ars Amatoria, his instructional elegy on romance-its efficacy has not been diminished by the passage of millennia.
Mental Floss even has eleven dating tips from the poet himself. Today with a far more urgent But I write, and more profitable, message. Even if readers still (occasionally) grab the Metamorphoses or Ars Amatoria, there’s a massive blind spot inside our modern view of Ovid. We’ve all but ignored the man’s presents as a beautician.
Somewhere between 1 BC and 8 AD, Ovid wrote Medicamina Faciei Femineae, known variously as The Art of Beauty or-my personal preference-Cosmetics for the feminine Face. Though no more than one-hundred lines survive, they include step-by-step instructions to make your own ancient Roman cosmetics, and believe you me, these concoctions are unlike any cosmetics on the market right now.
- High SPF
- Dermalogica Clear Start Breakout Clearing Kit
- Gelatin Mask
- Alleviate All Addictions
- Trueb RM. Hypertrichosis. Hautarzt. 2008 Apr;59(4):325-37; quiz 338
- Organic Harvest
- This Gentle Mineral-Based Tinted Sun Screen That Brightens And Protects Skin
- Should occur once the infant has achieved cardiorespiratory and thermoregulatory balance
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