Ovid and Hesiod

Ovid and Hesiod : The Metamorphosis of the Catalogue of Women

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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.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 260 pages
  • 158 x 230 x 22mm | 539.99g
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1107007410
  • 9781107007413
  • 2,104,452

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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 'Ziogas' enthusiasm for the visibility and depth of the Hesiodic influence on Ovid's work is overall justified, his book is extremely well-researched, his arguments are convincing and lucidly argued, and in addition to the main lines of his argument, he offers a multitude of inventive and stimulating readings of various Ovidian passages against their intertexts, both Hesiodic and numerous others, archaic and Hellenistic.' Sophia Papaioannou, Mnemosyneshow more

About Ioannis Ziogas

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

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.show more