Numerous men’s lives are at stake during the wedding banquet battle, but the stakes are could not be higher for the Pierides and the Muses. In describing the importance of this competition, Ovid writes, “Neither your voice nor art can match your own, and we can match your numbers. If you lose, then yield to us the spring of Pegasus and Aganippe, too, your other fount; and if you win, we will concede to you the plains of all our broad Emathia as far as our snow-clad Paeonia. And let the nymphs be the judges of the this test!” (Ovid 1150)In book II, Ovid continues to showcase his comic elements of the stories he tells. Mercury’s efforts to impress Herse, which include a foot wash and sandal cleaning, are rather amusing. In this situation Mercury is a god, who Ovid depicts to act as a small child. Ovid’s Metamorphoses is pretty incredible for its large amount of first-person narrators. Ovid loves storytelling, and allowing his characters to tell their own stories. Ovid is often much more interested in how he is telling his story than the content that it actually contains. His techniques are the catalyst behind the poem.
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