HNRS 1001 Study Guide


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THE SUPERGUIDE! WOOOO!!!  ARE YOU  READY?!?! Ovid   LECTURE: OVID 12 & 13 OVID, LIFE AND WORK -Ovid outlived Augustus by 3 years. -Ovid had a prosperous life -Equestrian family, upper-middle class. -Rhetorical education -Became well established as a poet later on. -Lived from 43 BCE -17 CE -Exiled in 8 CE -Carmen -Error – had to do with a scandal within the imperial family. -Augustus was big on bringing back family values. -Didn’t approve of Ovid’s poetry. -Ovid was exiled to the shores of the Black Sea. -Spent his remaining years writing depressing exile poetry. -Augustus and Tiberius never let him return. -Ovid wrote amours.  -Poems centering around a lover affair. -Wrote mythological poems. -Loved speaking in other voices. -Loved composing within a persona. -Metamorphoses – about changing forms. -Begins just before the creation. -Ovid says it will be a perpetual Carmen. Unbroken song, a narrative that weaves in and  out without the thread ever breaking. VERGIL’S METAMORPHOSES
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-“Jump the shark” – used by watchers of a series. This is the moment where the series  does something to take it too far.  -Vergil recounts some changes of form. -Caenus: born a woman, changed into a man. -Vergil mentions Caenus in the Aeneid. -Metamorphoses of Aeneas’ ships, they are transformed into water nymphs. -Ovid is the shark jumper of the world. OVID’S ARTISTRY AND OVIDIAN EPIC -Esicus (?) – son of Priam, transformed into a seabird. Could have been as great as  Hektor. -Priam celebrates his funeral because he doesn’t know he’s a bird. -Paris can’t make the funeral because he’s off stealing Helen. -Introduction of Trojan War. -Page 446, Book 13, top of page. -“Troy fell, and Priam fell.” -Battle scene that centers on Achilles fighting Cycnus. -Vast majority of military action is not contained in the direct narrative. Display piece of  epic is told by Nestor, not the poet, about the battle between the Lapiths and the  centaurs. -Logoi and Ergoi – words and deeds, polls of Greek culture. -Ovid is the ultimate poet of words, rather than deeds. -Seen in how he contains the battle of Lapiths and centaurs. -Seen in the cameo appearance of Rumor.  -Rumor: Fama, wide range of meanings.  -Fama is an unreliable source of rumor, and it is epic fame. -Ovid suggests that these two aren’t very different.  THE METAMORPHOSES OF EPIC -Ovid’s Achilles: -Achilles kills everyone. -When it comes to Cycnus, his spear bounces off of him.
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