Ovid's portrayal of Briseis in Heroides 3

Kelly, Michael (1999) Ovid's portrayal of Briseis in Heroides 3. Antichthon, 33 77-80.


Author Kelly, Michael
Title Ovid's portrayal of Briseis in Heroides 3
Formatted title
Ovid’s portrayal of Briseis in Heroides 3
Journal name Antichthon   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0066-4774
Publication date 1999
Sub-type Article (original research)
Volume 33
Start page 77
End page 80
Total pages 4
Editor H. Tarrant
G. Stanton
Place of publication Armidale, NSW, Australia
Publisher Australian Society for Classical Studies
Collection year 2000
Language eng
Subject C1
430110 History - Classical Greek and Roman
750902 Understanding the pasts of other societies
Formatted abstract
The third letter of the Heroides has long been appreciated for the consummate skill with which Ovid takes the Briseis of Homer’s Iliad, where she is virtually a nonentity, and presents her in a new guise. By his masterly transformation of the enslaved girl into a lonely and desperate elegiac puella who is lost and bewildered in an epic world, he skilfully exploits the literary gulf between the two genres to produce a subtle masterpiece which can arouse only compassion for his heroine. There is, however, much more to appreciate in this letter than its poetic artistry.
Q-Index Code C1

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: School of Historical and Philosophical Inquiry
 
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