Echo’s Bones and the Metamorphoses of the Voice

TitleEcho’s Bones and the Metamorphoses of the Voice
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2018
AuthorsLeVen, P
Ancient AuthorsPublius Ovidius Naso (PHI 0959)
JournalGreek and Roman Musical Studies
Volume6
Issue1
Pagination14-25
Abstract

This article concentrates on the description of the demise of Echo in the Ovidian narrative of Echo and Narcissus in Metamorphoses 3. I argue that a pun in the line vox tantum atque ossa supersunt (3.398) encapsulates the problem at the heart of the myth: rather than being a reflection on the origins of the echo and the delusion of the senses, the myth of Echo is a meditation on the nature of the voice. [http://booksandjournals.brillonline.com/content/journals/10.1163/22129758-12341309]

DOI10.1163/22129758-12341309

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