Callimachean Tradition and the Muse’s Hymn to Ceres (Ov. Met. 5.341–661)

TitleCallimachean Tradition and the Muse’s Hymn to Ceres (Ov. Met. 5.341–661)
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2012
AuthorsSampson, CM
Ancient AuthorsCallimachus Philol. (TLG 0533), Publius Ovidius Naso (PHI 0959)
JournalTransactions of the American Philological Association

This paper supplements the work of Hinds 1987 by arguing that the Sicilian setting for the abduction of Proserpina in Metamorphoses 5 marks Ovid’s engagement with Callimachean style and poetic tradition, and that the influence of Hellenistic works (especially the Aetia) on this passage is richer and more complex than has been acknowledged. I aim to show in particular how Ovid manipulates the poetic and intellectual background on which he draws, to which end I take recourse to a new Ptolemaic-era papyrus, as well as a reanalysis of the hymn’s structural and thematic cohesion. []


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