The Metamorphoses of Ovid Book VIII: Summary and Analysis


Book VIII: Summary and Analysis

New Characters:
Nisus: king of Megara; father of Nisus

Scylla: daughter of Nisus; betrays her father to ingratiate herself with King Minos; changed into a bird

Daedalus: Athenian inventor and architect; father of Icarus; dreams of flight lead to tragedy

Icarus: son of Daedalus; participates in father’s dreams of flight with tragic results

Ariadne: a princess of Crete

Minotaur: a monster, half-man and half-bull, who resides on Crete

Meleager: son of Oeneus, king of Calydon, and Althaea; becomes an Argonaut

Castor and Pollux: twin brothers who become constellations; sons of Leda, who was raped by Jove

Atalanta: a young woman...

(The entire section is 2127 words.)