Ovid and Hesiod: The Metamorphosis of the Catalogue of Women

Ovid and Hesiod: The Metamorphosis of the Catalogue of Women

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by Ioannis Ziogas
     
 

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The influence on Ovid of Hesiod, the most important archaic Greek poet after Homer, has been underestimated. Yet, as this book shows, a profound engagement with Hesiod's themes is central to Ovid's poetic world. As a poet who praised women instead of men and opted for stylistic delicacy instead of epic grandeur, Hesiod is always contrasted with Homer. Ovid revives

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The influence on Ovid of Hesiod, the most important archaic Greek poet after Homer, has been underestimated. Yet, as this book shows, a profound engagement with Hesiod's themes is central to Ovid's poetic world. As a poet who praised women instead of men and opted for stylistic delicacy instead of epic grandeur, Hesiod is always contrasted with Homer. Ovid revives this epic rivalry by setting the Hesiodic character of his Metamorphoses against the Homeric character of Virgil's Aeneid. Dr Ziogas explores not only Ovid's intertextual engagement with Hesiod's works but also his dialogue with the rich scholarly, philosophical and literary tradition of Hesiodic reception. An important contribution to the study of Ovid and the wider poetry of the Augustan age, the book also forms an excellent case study in how the reception of previous traditions can become the driving force of poetic creation.

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"Ziogas' Ovid and Hesiod is not only an important contribution to Ovid's Metamorphoses, but also restores the Hesiodic Catalogue of Women to its rightful position in literary history."
Martina Hirschberger, Bryn Mawr Classical Review

"… a subtle and stimulating analysis of Ovid's reception of Hesiod … attentively redacted and expertly fashioned. … The quality of the volume is unquestionably high; it will certainly stimulate further work and I recommend it to classicists. … a considerable success, [which] forms a significant contribution to an area of research which shows no sign of exhaustion. … an indispensable reference point for the future study of Hesiod and Ovid."
Stella Alekou, The Classical Review

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781107007413
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
04/30/2013
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.63(d)

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Ioannis Ziogas is Lecturer in Classics at the Australian National University, Canberra.

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