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What are some examples of Ovid adapting Greek myths in The Metamorphoses?Is it relevant...

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lichaa1 | Student | eNotes Newbie

Posted November 9, 2007 at 8:17 AM via web

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What are some examples of Ovid adapting Greek myths in The Metamorphoses?

Is it relevant to highlight his elimination of 'the age of heroes' (in comparison to Hesiod) as a way in which the heroic ideal is predominately a Greek ideal?

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gbeatty | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted January 3, 2008 at 4:18 AM (Answer #1)

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A great set of questions. Yes, it is very relevant to highlight this choice, because it is a major part of his adaptation. The other two quite related elements are the ironic tone and the shift from a more organic focus to a more literary style. By "organic" I mean Ovid calls attention to himself as a poet, and to the ways he structures his works; he links the myths, rather than compiling them. This creates both a distance from the original myths and a kind of abstracted unity which really isn't there in some of the earlier myths.

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