Review of Ovid

Review of Ovid - Books I- V In the beginning All of the...

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In the beginning All of the world was chaos. A god separated the pieces of this chaos into some semblance of order – including mountains, rivers, etc. The god places the elements in order – highest is fire, then air, then earth, then water – and sets the winds into their correct places. Next comes man, created one of three ways; 1) By the same god as created the Earth, or by Prometheus, 2) Men sprang from the blood of the giants after they are defeated by the gods, or 3) humans are recreated after the flood from stones, as told in Deucalion and Pyrrha. The Four Ages are described. They are, in order, gold, silver, bronze, and iron. The gods then defeat the giants. Giant blood begets humankind, and humans – true to the nature of the way in which they were born – also hate the gods. Next, a man, Lycaon, after trying to feed Jove human flesh and attempting to murder his, was changed by Jove into a wolf. Jove takes this incident as proof of the general wickedness of mankind and send a flood to destroy all. Deucalion and Pyrrha survive by decree of the gods. Themis tells the two, upon their landfall, to throw stones behind them as they walk. From these stones spring new men. Jove and Io -- Jove lusts after the virgin Io. After Io refuses his, Jove rapes her and changes her into a heifer in order to hide her from Juno's rage. Juno asks Jove for the possession of the heifer, and Jove agrees. Juno has Argus – who has a hundred eyes – watch Io and put her out to pasture. Jove takes pity on Io and has Mercury kill her captor. Juno is enraged by this and makes the hundred eyes of Argus into decorations on the peacock's tail. She also drives Io mad. Io flees as far as the Nile River, then entreats Jove to take pity. Jove receives Juno's permission to set Io free and so restores her body. Io becomes the goddess Isis. Phaethon
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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.

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