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Although Ovid is currently enjoying a new wave of popularity, most critics withhold from his poetry the close word-by-word readings that are necessary for a thorough understanding of it. Ovid twice treated the myth of Persephone, and Hinds's book is at first a historical inquiry--the most extensive yet done--into the double transformation in Metamorphosis 5 and Fasti 4 of the rape of Persephone, one of the great Graeco-Roman myths. The study continues as a critical exploration of Ovid's self-conscious delight in language and in writing manifested in these twin narratives, providing a feast for students of both Latin poetry and narratives in general.
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- Date Published: May 2007
- format: Paperback
- isbn: 9780521036238
- length: 200 pages
- dimensions: 216 x 140 x 13 mm
- weight: 0.266kg
- availability: Available
Table of Contents
Part I. Two Settings for a Rape:
1. Metamorphoses 5.256–64: the Heliconian fount
2. Metamorphoses 5.385–91: the landscape of Enna
Part II. Ovid's Two Persephones:
3. The Homeric Hymn to Demeter: Fasti 4
4. The Homeric Hymn to Demeter: Metamorphoses 5
5. Elegy and epic: a traditional approach
6. Elegy and epic: a new approach
Index of passages discussed
Index of subjects.
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