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Unformatted text preview: Ovid uses many myths and the incorporation of all these myths forms a story within each of the characters lives and shows the significance of the myths to the Romans. Ajax makes reference to his ancestry, Philoctetes, Palamedes, his deeds as a soldier and others. Ulysses references to his persuasion of Achilles to fight, his initial efforts in gathering troops and trying to win the war by helping the king, Iphigeneia and Agamemnon and his battle feats. By doing this, both characters tie the loose ends about the myths they mentioned, they help the reader or audience understand how they are related through the history of myth and if they were not heard before, they are made known to everyone. Ovids effectiveness in writing the Metamorphoses in such a distinct and original way makes him able to accomplish more with his story than what a modern novel does today,...
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This note was uploaded on 05/31/2011 for the course CLAS 131 taught by Professor James during the Fall '07 term at UNC.
- Fall '07