In 1985, a research paper by Fitton Brown advanced new arguments in support of the theory.  The article was followed by a series of supports and refutations in the short space of five years.  Among the reasons given by Brown are: that Ovid's exile is only mentioned by his own work, except in "dubious" passages by Pliny the Elder  and Statius ,  but no other author until the 4th century;  that the author of Heroides was able to separate the poetic "I" of his own and real life; and that information on the geography of Tomis was already known by Virgil , by Herodotus and by Ovid himself in his Metamorphoses . [d] 
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The text of Shakespeare's sonnet 18 . The theme of immortality through verse is explored.