Event Title

Don't Look Back: A Retrospective on Orpheus and Eurydice in Augustan Poetry

Presenter Information

Emma Sterling, Oberlin CollegeFollow

Location

King Building 341

Start Date

4-29-2016 2:45 PM

End Date

4-29-2016 3:45 PM

Abstract

In this study of three Augustan poets (Vergil, Horace, and Ovid) and their use of the Orpheus and Eurydice myth, I delved into what each poet takes from the myth and how they transform and alter it to suit their own needs. Each of the three writes in a different genre of poetry, and each derives meaning from the base myth. Each subsequent poet takes from the predecessor’s work, alluding to and in some cases criticizing the others’ methods. This myth remains popular even today, obtaining its most well-known form from these three poets.

Notes

Session II, Panel 11 - Remake, Remodel: New Takes on Classic Representations
Moderator: Drew Wilburn, Associate Professor of Classics

Major

Ancient Greek; English; Latin

Advisor(s)

Kirk Ormand, Classics
Jennifer Bryan, English

Project Mentor(s)

Christopher Trinacty, Classics

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Apr 29th, 2:45 PM Apr 29th, 3:45 PM

Don't Look Back: A Retrospective on Orpheus and Eurydice in Augustan Poetry

King Building 341

In this study of three Augustan poets (Vergil, Horace, and Ovid) and their use of the Orpheus and Eurydice myth, I delved into what each poet takes from the myth and how they transform and alter it to suit their own needs. Each of the three writes in a different genre of poetry, and each derives meaning from the base myth. Each subsequent poet takes from the predecessor’s work, alluding to and in some cases criticizing the others’ methods. This myth remains popular even today, obtaining its most well-known form from these three poets.