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Lesley Dean-Jones, Chair 2210 Speedway, Mail Code C3400, Austin, TX 78712-1738 • 512-471-5742

Spring 2008

LAT 365 • Ovid's Metamorphoses

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
33130 TTh
11:00 AM-12:30 PM
CBA 4.340

Course Description

Ovid is a live wire and his Metamorphoses is a dazzling array of some 250 Greco-Roman myths. Where Vergil revitalized myth by exploring its serious and introspective dimension Ovid complements him with narrative bravura, wit, and humor. Everything is on his palette (in addition to Aeneas): genesis, gender issues, lust, incest, puppy love, mayhem, narcissism, and even a few decent folks like Philemon and Baucis. The psychological dimension is always there, ready for the taking (but never laid on heavily). Ovid lived at a time of change; he captures it in the title of his work and its many stories, and he embodies the cosmopolitanism of Augustan Rome. Unsurprisingly, the Metamorphoses inspired, and is still inspiring, a huge progeny in literature, the arts, and music. We'll read a representative selection; therell be frequent short reports on various topics and a 10-page paper, plus quizzes and exams.


W.S. Anderson, ed., Ovid's Metamorphoses. Books 1-5 (Univ. of Oklahoma [yes!] Press; 0-806-12894-1) W.S. Anderson, ed., Ovids Metamorphoses. Books 6-10 (OU Press; ISBN 0-806-11456-8) Elaine Fantham, Ovids Metamorphoses (the other OU [aka Oxford] Press; ISBN 0-19-515410-X)


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