Event Title

Spinning Stories: The Narrative Styles of Ovid's Minyeids

Presenter Information

Michal Sagal, Oberlin College

Location

Science Center, K209

Document Type

Presentation

Start Date

4-25-2014 1:30 PM

End Date

4-25-2014 2:30 PM

Abstract

This paper focuses on the tales of the daughter of Minyas, a story cycle in book four of Ovid’s Metamorphoses. The first daughter tells the tale of Pyramus and Thisbe, the second of the adultery of Mars and Venus and the rape of Leucothoe, and the third of the transformation of Hermaphroditus. Their distinct narrative styles enhance the stories they tell and respond to both their inherent fear of Bacchus, the wine-god, and to each other’s tales. Each is also emblematic of Ovid’s use of multiple genres within stories and internal narrators within the greater epic.

Notes

Session I, Panel 5 - Measure for Measure: Meditations on Metamorphoses, Don Quixote, and “The Long Watch”
Moderator: Patrick O’Connor, Associate Professor of Comparative Literature and Hispanic Studies

Major

Greek; Latin

Advisor(s)

Kirk Ormand, Classics

Project Mentor(s)

Christopher Trinacty, Classics

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Apr 25th, 1:30 PM Apr 25th, 2:30 PM

Spinning Stories: The Narrative Styles of Ovid's Minyeids

Science Center, K209

This paper focuses on the tales of the daughter of Minyas, a story cycle in book four of Ovid’s Metamorphoses. The first daughter tells the tale of Pyramus and Thisbe, the second of the adultery of Mars and Venus and the rape of Leucothoe, and the third of the transformation of Hermaphroditus. Their distinct narrative styles enhance the stories they tell and respond to both their inherent fear of Bacchus, the wine-god, and to each other’s tales. Each is also emblematic of Ovid’s use of multiple genres within stories and internal narrators within the greater epic.