Brill's Companion to Ovid by Barbara Weiden Boyd

By Barbara Weiden Boyd

This quantity at the Roman poet Ovid (43 BCE - 17 CE) includes articles by way of 14 overseas students. Contributions hide a variety of themes, together with a biographical essay, a survey of the foremost manuscripts and textual traditions, and a complete dialogue of Ovid's type

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53 See Millar (1993). OVID AND THE AUGUSTAN MILIEU 19 One reason for the change of orientation toward Augustus is that the epistolary format does not impose a distinct thematic of its own. As letters to contemporaries, the Tristia and the Epistulae ex Ponto were bound to absorb more of a contemporary imprint than a poem like the Metamorphoses. It is also relevant that many of the persons to whom Ovid is writing have close attachments to Augustus: it is because they are in a position to intercede that he writes to them.

Other: puerperus (Met},81 salutifer (Met}, tridentiferl (Met}. ). 83 Here we may limit ourselves to noticing changes which Ovid rings on adjectival forms of the same name to suit the verse:84 Argeas Jrangite, Troes, opes (Am. ), Argolico . . Orestae (Am. ), Argolides. . puppes (Rem. 191), Cepheia uirgo (Am. 17, ES 35), Cephea . . arua (Met. ), Cnosia . . humus (Her. 78 On Ovid's penchant for compounding participles with in- see below on Met. For a list of privative adjectives with in- found first or only in Ovid see McKeown 3:195-96 on Am.

39 See Pearce (1966) 298-303. J. KENNEY adjective-noun or noun-adjective pair articulating the verse. 41 In sharp contrast Valerius Aedituus and co. 43 That finding may surprise at first, but it confirms that Ovid's handling of the couplet is less mechanical than Axelson's analysis purports to show. 44 The most immediate impression made by Ovid's elegiac writing is one of fluency and speed. The means by which this is achieved are evident at a glance: more dactyls and fewer and lighter elisions.

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