New PDF release: A Handbook to the Reception of Ovid

By John F. Miller, Carole E. Newlands

ISBN-10: 1444339672

ISBN-13: 9781444339673

A instruction manual to the Reception of Ovid offers greater than 30 unique essays written through top students revealing the wealthy range of severe engagement with Ovid’s poetry that spans the Western culture from antiquity to the current day. 

  • Offers leading edge views on Ovid’s poetry and its reception from antiquity to the current day
  • Features contributions from greater than 30 prime students within the Humanities.
  • Introduces universal and strange figures within the background of Ovidian reception.
  • Demonstrates the iconic and transformative energy of Ovid’s poetry into glossy times.

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Whenever it wishes let that day, which has rights only over this body, end the span of my uncertain life: despite that I will be borne, eternal, above the lofty stars, with the better part of myself, and my name will be indestructible. Where Roman power stretches over conquered lands, I shall be read by the voice of the people, and by reputation/speech I shall live throughout all ages, if the presages of prophets have any truth. 143), Ovid’s posthumous survival resolves itself into the separation from the body, but here of a self that seems to evade simple definition.

27–28 Niobe provides a parallel for Ovid’s own eternal grief, a motif Ovid associates with his choice of genre in the exilic elegies. He contrasts his “real” fate with that of the fictional Niobe and laments his inability to undergo transformation and be relieved of his suffering, as Niobe was allowed. Elsewhere, Ovid’s language suggests that through excessive mourning his body is, in fact, experiencing liquefaction in a manner similar to mythical figures such as Byblis or Egeria, who are transformed into water through grief in the Metamorphoses (Pont.

871–79): Iamque opus exegi, quod nec Iovis ira nec ignis nec poterit ferrum nec edax abolere vetustas. cum volet, illa dies, quae nil nisi corporis huius ius habet, incerti spatium mihi finiat aevi: parte tamen meliore mei super alta perennis astra ferar, nomenque erit indelebile nostrum, quaque patet domitis Romana potentia terris, ore legar populi, perque omnia saecula fama, siquid habent veri vatum praesagia, vivam. Now I have completed a work which neither Jupiter’s anger, nor fire, nor the sword, nor devouring time will be able to wipe out.

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