The continuation of elegiac themes and attitudes in Ovid's Metamorphoses

Dobinson, Christopher R (1984). The continuation of elegiac themes and attitudes in Ovid's Metamorphoses M.A. Thesis, School of History, Philosophy, Religion, and Classics, University of Queensland.

       
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Author Dobinson, Christopher R
Thesis Title The continuation of elegiac themes and attitudes in Ovid's Metamorphoses
School, Centre or Institute School of History, Philosophy, Religion, and Classics
Institution University of Queensland
Publication date 1984
Thesis type M.A. Thesis
Supervisor X
Total pages 148
Language eng
Subjects L
2203 Philosophy
Formatted abstract

In writing the Metamorphoses Ovid took from his elegiac works not only many of the themes and stories, but also his attitudes and beliefs about many facets of human behaviour, particularly those relating to love. This influenced the manner in which he retold myth.

The first chapter deals exclusively with the account of Apollo and Daphne and the manner in which it expresses in narrative form the poetic credo which had guided his elegiac work, for it is seen as a yardstick by which much of the work is to be measured. Chapters two and three discuss in detail the manner in which the attitudes towards rape and jealousy which Ovid expressed in his elegiac works influenced the relevant sections of the Metamorphoses. In the final chapter Ovid's attitude to love, as it is evidenced in several stories of mutual love in the Metamorphoses is discussed. The influential opinion of Otis, who sees a significant change in attitude from that exhibited in Ovid's elegiac works, seems to require some revision: Ovid does not seem to have changed his stance from his elegiac days. Although he does treat his subject more seriously, whimsy and humour still permeate this treatment.


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