Excerpt from Tristium, Liber I
Bulgaria. It was a Greek colony from Miletus, but the Hellenic element seems from Ovid's account to have been in a great degree merged in that of the native barbarians; for he declares that he seldom heard Greek or Latin spoken13 though the seri... es of coins with Greek legends, from the 2ndic'entury b.c., would seem to show that this was not wholly the case. But the district was imperfectly protected from the Sarmatians and other barbarians on the other side of the Danube, though Augustus had sent armies against them in b.c. 29 and 10, and perhaps as late as a.d. 63 and Ovid speaks of life outside the walls of the town as being never safe from their raids. He complains also of the climate not suiting him 3 of suffering from inability to sleep; and from the loss not only of all friends and relations, but of the intellectual society which at Rome stimulated his genius or gave him the Opportunity of correcting errors and solving difficulties. These complaints are developed in the later books of the Tristia and the Letters from Pontus. The First Book of the Tristia deals with the sorrow caused by his sentence of exile and the dangers and difficulties of his journey.
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