Meaning of Ab ovo
What is Ab ovo:
Ab ovo It is a Latin phrase that means ‘from the origin’. It is composed with the Latin preposition ab, which means 'from', and the noun ovo, which translates 'egg', that is, from the egg, from the most remote origin, from the beginning of everything.
The expression was taken from Horace, who uses it to contrast the way Homer approached the destruction of Troy, that is, in media res, when the events of Troy are already on the right track, and not ab ovo, from the very origin, which is the moment when Helen of Troy is born, who came into the world from an egg (ab ovo).
Ab ovo usque ad mala
Ab ovo is also part of the expression ab ovo usque ad bad, which literally means 'from the egg to the apples', that is, from the beginning to the end of the meal, according to the order in which food was served in Ancient Rome, which began with the appetizers (eggs) until dessert (apples), so that the phrase could be interpreted as from beginning to end.
Ab ovo in narrative
In the field of the study of narrative, narratology, is known as ab ovo that type of narration where the story is developed from the beginning, following the chronological order of events. In this sense, it differs from the other two classic types of storytelling: storytelling in media res, where the story begins in the middle of the events that are told, and the narration in extreme res, where the narration begins at the end of the story.