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The Metamorphoses of Ovid

The main story Ovid tells in book 3 concerns the founding of the Greek city of Thebes and the curses that befall it at the hands of three Olympian gods: Juno, Diana, and Bacchus. Just like Juno...

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In Ovid's Metamorphoses, the two lovers' parents hate each other and are feuding—even though their houses are side by side, the properties connected by a wall. The two lovers use a crack in the...

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The Metamorphoses of Ovid

The consequences of change of form in the Metamorphoses are often very tragic indeed. In the story of Daphne and Apollo, for example, we are presented with a transformation that ends in tragedy. A...

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The Metamorphoses of Ovid

Since eNotes answers focus on no more than two topics, I will address the first two questions. Although both accounts have a divine creator, in the Bible, there is a specific monotheistic God. In...

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The Metamorphoses of Ovid

Book One of Ovid's Metamorphoses begins with the creation of the world out of formless chaos. After having created the world, the Metamorphoses proceeds with the creation of life, ultimately...

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Philomela is raped by her sister's husband in a dwelling in the woods, a deeply traumatic event for her. When this brother-in-law, Tereus, realizes that Philomela cannot be shamed into silence, he...

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The Metamorphoses of Ovid

The character of Bacchus, the god of wine, is given to us by Ovid as wild, vengeful, and a devotee of unrestrained pleasure and passion. Given these qualities, it is no wonder that the cult of...

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The Metamorphoses of Ovid

Cadmus is the son of King Agenor and Queen Telephassa. He is also the founder of the city of Thebes—how this happens is explained in The Metamorphoses. When Europa (Cadmus’s sister) goes missing,...

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I haven't read Ovid's Metamorphoses in the longest time, but when I read your question, my first thought was this: power. The gods are really a whole lot like humans. For example, they're driven by...

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The Metamorphoses of Ovid

A critical appreciation of the episode of Pentheus and Bacchus in the third book of Ovid's Metamorphoses will examine the elements of the story, discern its purpose, and determine whether the story...

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The Metamorphoses of Ovid

Despite his remarkable accuracy as a prophet, it's astonishing just how many people in ancient Greek mythology treat Tiresias and his prophecies with such contempt and disrespect. The most obvious...

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The Metamorphoses of Ovid

The theme of transformation, the dominant theme in Ovid's Metamorphoses, is given something of a twist in the tale of Pentheus and Bacchus in that Pentheus doesn't experience a transformation but...

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The Metamorphoses of Ovid

The basic philosophy behind Ovid's "The Metamorphoses" lies in the fact that he was sponsored by Augustus. To understand the philosophy of Ovid's work one must understand why Augustus...

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The Metamorphoses of Ovid

Hesiod's Works and Days, a poem written in dactylic hexameter in Greek, has been dated as early as the 700s BCE. Ovid's Metamorphoses, a poem written in dactylic hexameter in Latin, was composed in...

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The Metamorphoses of Ovid

In Book 5 of Ovid's Metamorphoses, the poet tells the story of how Pluto, god of the underworld, abducted Proserpina, the daughter of the goddess Ceres. Ovid was not the first epic poet to take up...

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The story of Europa from The Metamorphoses by Ovid recounts one of Jove’s many trysts. Much like Zeus in Greek mythology, Jove is a philanderer who chases women down and has sex with them, by...

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The Metamorphoses of Ovid

Ovid's Metamorphoses, in common with a good deal of Latin poetry, was composed in dactylic hexameter. This kind of meter must have six feet to a line. A foot is a collection of syllables, which can...

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The ideology behind the suspension of disbelief was coined by Samuel Taylor Coleridge in 1817. This idea has been applied to texts such as Mary Shelley's Frankenstein and Coleridge's own "The Rime...

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The Metamorphoses of Ovid

The account of what nature was before creation in Ovid's Metamorphoses is really quite similar to what is said in Genesis in the Bible. Basically, Ovid is saying that the universe existed already,...

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The Metamorphoses of Ovid

Perseus's quest to defeat Medusa involves a number of stages. First, the catalyst for the journey was King Polydectes. Polydectes exploits Perseus's pride to trick him into offering to go after...

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The Metamorphoses of Ovid

Cyane in the tale regarding the rape and abduction of Proserpina by Dis, the god of the underworld, is a goddess of a pool. She attempts to stop Dis as he rushes towards her with Proserpina in his...

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The Metamorphoses of Ovid

A good and tough question. Remember that Ovid was writing for readers who would likely know the core stories he was telling, and so they'd be able to fill in the background when he just sketches a...

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The Metamorphoses of Ovid

The Pygmalion story appears in Book 10 of The Metamorphoses. Depending on the translation you are reading, the pronoun “them” might be used in several ways. I’m using A. D. Melville’s translation...

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The Metamorphoses of Ovid

In the third book of Ovid's Metamorphoses, we find transformations that lead to various consequences, such as the founding of a city, violent death, and blindness and prophecy. Let's look at...

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The Metamorphoses of Ovid

Ovid predicted that his poem would be eternal and it has been. There are several reasons for this. First, his poetry itself is beautiful and creative. To read Ovid is to read a master. Second, the...

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The Metamorphoses of Ovid

In the episodes of book 3 of Ovid's Metamorphoses relating to Bacchus and Pentheus, we can see once again how the gods are quick to punish mortals for all kinds of offenses, both real and...

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The Metamorphoses of Ovid

The role of Theseus in book 7 of Metamorphoses is a kind of anti-Medea. Whereas Medea is presented to us as the very embodiment of evil, Theseus, the great warrior-hero, epitomizes all that is...

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The Metamorphoses of Ovid

The beautiful Narcissus scorns the love of the nymphs who love him. One of them is angry at him for mocking her, so she lifts her hands to the heavens and asks that Narcissus get a taste of his own...

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The Metamorphoses of Ovid

In Book 10 of Ovid’s The Metamorphoses, Orpheus sings about Ganymede, Hyacinth, and Pygmalion. The significance of these mortals likely relates to the events in Orpheus’s life. Orpheus has been...

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The Metamorphoses of Ovid

Phaeton travels to the palace of the Sun to gain answers to questions of his origins. The Sun confirms that he is his father, but Phaeton requires more proof to believe it. He refuses to believe...

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The Metamorphoses of Ovid

Ovid's Metamorphoses is an epic narrative poem. Since the poem includes fifteen books and a wide cast of over two hundred characters, it's tricky to generalize about the role of women. But we can...

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The Metamorphoses of Ovid

What sparked my interest about your question was not your query about tragedy, but your query about humor. In answer to your question, I find Ovid's blend of humor and tragedy absolutely superb!...

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The Metamorphoses of Ovid

Ovid’s discussion of Pythagoras’s speech occurs in book 15 of the Metamorphoses; the examples cited here are drawn from lines 143–417. According to the poet, the Greek philosopher saw change as the...

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The Metamorphoses of Ovid

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...

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The Metamorphoses of Ovid

As you state Tiresias is the seer that introduces the story of Bacchus and Pentheus. Their interaction is one filled with tension and from one ironic perspective, there can be said to be humor. Let...

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The Metamorphoses of Ovid

The Metamorphoses by Ovid details the lives and adventures of the Roman pantheon. Most of the Greek gods have a direct equivalent to the Roman gods, however. So, while your question talks about...

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The Metamorphoses of Ovid

This is a good question. While Ovid is a humorous poet, this is one of the stories that does not contain too much humor. There are so many other stories that contain humor like the story of Io and...

Latest answer posted December 7, 2011, 6:02 am (UTC)

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The Metamorphoses of Ovid

The comparison between the final words of Hercules and similar words attributed to Jesus is mostly made in the translation. Ovid wrote his epic poem long before the rise of Jesus and Christianity;...

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The Metamorphoses of Ovid

This is a brilliant strategy...policticians/government leaders have been doing this since the beginning of time. It's called propaganda. The playwrights and poets of Renaissance England did the...

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The Metamorphoses of Ovid

Perseus was destined for greatness as soon as he was born. He was half-immortal, being the son of Zeus and Danae. But there was trouble for both the newborn and his mother. Acrisius, Danae's...

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The Metamorphoses of Ovid

This is a good question. Let me begin with a summary and examine the potential humor in the story of Bacchus and Pentheus. This story occurs in book three of Ovid's Metamorphoses. In this context,...

Latest answer posted December 8, 2011, 6:38 am (UTC)

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The Metamorphoses of Ovid

In Book 4 of Metamorphoses the daughters of Minyas ignore the festival of Bacchus and stay indoors working - weaving and spinning, I think - but are rewarded for their impiety by being turned into...

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