The Metamorphoses of Ovid Book VII: Questions and Answers

Ovid

Book VII: Questions and Answers

Study Questions
1. What are the contradictory claims in Medea’s heart while she soliloquizes?

2. The story of the dragons’ teeth echoes what earlier episode?

3. How did Jason overcome the “sown men”?

4. What well-known incident did Ovid omit after Jason’s victory over the bulls?

5. Ovid gives Jason an altruistic aspect with respect to his father. What is it?

6. What is the magic number connected with the cult of Hecate?

7. What was the most monstrous aspect of Medea’s treatment of Pelias?

8. What device does Ovid employ to sum up the deeds of Theseus?

9. Why did Juno hate Aeacus and his country?

10. In what important aspect is the story of Cephalus and Procris different from other accounts of relationships between males and females?

Answers
1. Medea feels that she ought to be loyal to her father, yet she loves a stranger. Her sexual passion makes her disregard the social norms of her time.

2. The story of Cadmus also included the motif of “sown men.”

3. Jason, following Medea’s advice, threw a stone among the “sown men.”

4. Ovid fails to mention Medea’s treacherous murder of her brother to aid Jason. This is the first incident in an escalating series of desperate measures in which Medea violates the Golden Mean in attempting to secure her own power vis-a-vis a man.

5. Jason offers to give up some years of his own life to add them to his father’s life.

6. Hecate, the “triple-goddess” has the number three connected with her cult.

7. Medea induced the daughters of Pelias to cut up their own father.

8. The deeds of Theseus are summed up in a hymn of praise to him.

9. Juno hated Aeacus and his country because the king’s mother, Aegina, was one of the nymphs Jove had seduced.

10. The story of Cephalus and Procris shows a genuinely loving relationship between a male and female. Significantly, these two are mortals, not gods.