One of the strongest Latin influences on the Romanian language is in the form of names — Ovidiu (female: Ovidia) from the Latin Ovidius/Ovid. Another great influence: literature.
The most famous Ovid in Romanian/Latin history is the Roman poet himself. It’s been said that to understand Greco-Roman mythology one must be familiar with Ovid’s Metamorphoses.
I’m still working my way though the opus, but at its foundation Metamorphoses is a collection of stories from Greek and Roman legends on divinity, humanity, and the interaction between the two. A tall order, but not for this writer.
Ovid, the poet
Ovidius or Ovid was born a year after the assassination of Julius Cesar, 43 B.C., a time that shaped his views and writing, in Sulmo (modern Sulmona, Italy). Avoiding the career chosen by his father (politics), Ovid put his education to work in his poetic writing.
Modern Sulmona, place of Ovid’s birth, and his statue
Ovid as Fluff
John Porter says: Ovid’s poetry is often dismissed as frivolous fluff, and to a large degree it is. But it is very sophisticated fluff …
Maybe viewed as fluff by some, Ovid’s writing influenced Chaucer, Shakespeare, and Dante, among others. His passion for writing, his obsession with detail, shows in all his work.
In 8 AD, he was exiled to Tomis, on the Black Sea, for having knowledge of a conspiracy against Emperor Augustus, where he later died. Ovid was celebrated in Romanian literature for centuries with works like God Was Born in Exile, by Vintila Horia.
Among Ovid’s many famous phrases:
Abeunt studia in mores Practices passionately pursued become habits. ~~ Ovid