Ovid's first work, Amores, was a collection of love poems appeared in 16 BC, although the three-book form as it is now know is a later revision.
Next came the Heroides, a collection of fictional letters written by mythological heroines.
His Ars amatoria (The Art of Love) was a humorous "how-to" manual dispensing seduction tips to both men and women; its sequel, the Remedia amoris (Cures for Love) advised readers on how to combat love's ill-effects.
Then Ovid set about writing his great epic, the Metamorphoses, which brought together 250 mythological stories of transformation to form a continuous narrative stretching from the beginning of time to the (then) present day.
A companion poem, the Fasti, was based on the Roman calendar and the rituals and origin stories associated with it. It was apparently left unfinished, covering only the first six months of the year.
In 8 AD, Ovid was exiled from Rome to Tomis on the shores of the Black Sea (now in modern-day Romania). His account of this event in his poems from exile (Tristia and Epistulae ex Ponto) emphasise the role of Augustus in personally ordering the punishment.
What did Ovid do? He tells us that he was being punished for "carmen" ("a poem") and "error" ("a mistake"). The "poem" was the scandalous Art of Love, evidently seen by Augustus as offensive to public morals.
The "mistake" is less certain, since Ovid is deliberately vague in his references to it. The question has tantalised readers through the centuries, and is one that will probably remain unresolved.