Someplace or other Pound refers to Goldinng's Ovid as the most beautiful
book in English. I'm not quite sure what he meant by that, but it is
useful to remember that Pound, Eliot, and a few other moderns were
responsible for partly reestablighing Ovid's reputation. Ovid has an
interesting history in fact.
I think it arguable tha for the Provencal poets, for Dante, for Chaucer,
for Shakespeare and Spenser, and for Milton, Dryden and Pope, though
they paid nominal h omage to Virgil & Homer, Ovid was The Poet's Poet.
Then the bottom fell out.
Spence in his anecdotesof conversations with Pope refers to Pope's
liking for Ovid as "odd." Less than a generation later Warton called it
"bad taste." And Johnson, looking for a example of a bad similie
(because of too little difference) selects a simile from Ovid, though he
doesn't identify it as such.
Some decades ago the SIU presds reprinted Golding under the title of
Shakespeare's Ovid. I think it is available now in a paper reprint. I
own the original SIU edition.