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Metamorphoses

Ovid's (43 BCE - 17 CE) Pyramus and Thisbe, one of his stories in the collection known as Metamorphosis may not show the origin of good and evil, but certainly exemplifies that actions have...

Latest answer posted May 1, 2014 6:14 pm UTC

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Metamorphoses

Pyramus and Thisbe engage in a love that is forbidden because their families are feuding. They decide to take matters into their own hands and run away together. They agree that they will meet...

Latest answer posted April 26, 2021 1:14 pm UTC

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Metamorphoses

The post-deluge story of Deucalion and his wife Pyrrha, described by Ovid in book 1 of his Metamorphoses, provides a clear example of spontaneous creation resulting from the proper comingling of...

Latest answer posted May 18, 2020 2:19 am UTC

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Metamorphoses

Like other stories in the Metamorphoses, the story of Apollo and Daphne deals with transformation. In this case, Daphne turns into a tree to escape the unwanted advances of the god Apollo, who due...

Latest answer posted August 6, 2021 11:57 am UTC

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In the Theogony, the birth of the gods, Titans, and early monsters is portrayed in sometimes cosmological terms. Chaos, for example, is the primordial being (line 116, cf. Ovid, Metam. I.7),...

Latest answer posted October 23, 2018 9:39 pm UTC

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Ovid lived in a tumultuous time at the turn of the new millennium. He saw the end of the Roman Republic and the beginning of the Empire under Augustus (the assassinated Caesar's adopted son and...

Latest answer posted February 17, 2019 3:44 am UTC

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From reading the numerous stories that make up Ovid's Metamorphoses, it would appear that human beings do not have much control over their lives. This is because the gods, for one reason or...

Latest answer posted November 17, 2020 9:58 am UTC

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The Metamorphoses mentions two of Cadmus's daughters: Semele and Autonoë. The other daughters of Cadmus are Agave and Ino. In Ovid's story, Jupiter falls in love with Semele when he sees her...

Latest answer posted September 1, 2018 10:03 am UTC

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One of the themes you might wish to discuss is the utter amorality of the gods. It's important at the outset to understand the difference between immorality and amorality. Immoral actions are those...

Latest answer posted February 23, 2018 3:20 pm UTC

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This is exactly the question Phaeton asked his mother, Clymene. When his mother told him that his father was the sun god, Helios, he wanted proof. This was a reasonable request, in view of the fact...

Latest answer posted October 17, 2011 10:12 am UTC

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