Ovid and Hesiod: The Metamorphosis of the Catalogue of Women

Ovid and Hesiod: The Metamorphosis of the Catalogue of Women


By (author) Ioannis Ziogas


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  • Format: Hardback | 260 pages
  • Dimensions: 158mm x 230mm x 22mm | 540g
  • Publication date: 30 June 2013
  • Publication City/Country: Cambridge
  • ISBN 10: 1107007410
  • ISBN 13: 9781107007413
  • Sales rank: 1,792,970

Product description

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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Author information

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

Review quote

'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 ... A considerable success, and forms a significant contribution to an area of research which shows no sign of exhaustion. This volume will serve as an indispensable reference point for the future study of Hesiod and Ovid.' Stella Alekou, The Classical Review

Table of contents

Introduction: Ovid as a Hesiodic poet; 1. Helen: the intertext of illusion; 2. Cosmos and Eros: from chaos to divine loves; 3. Coronis and Mestra: bringing the women back to the Catalogue of Women; 4. Atalanta: literal and literary races; 5. Caenis and Periclymenus: Hesiod at Achilles' party; Concluding remarks.