Hercules and Apollo in Ovid’s Metamorphoses

TitleHercules and Apollo in Ovid’s Metamorphoses
Publication TypeBook Chapter
Year of Publication2016
AuthorsNethercut, JS
EditorVergados, A, Schwab, A, Faulkner, A
Ancient AuthorsHymni Homerici Hymn. (TLG 0013), Publius Ovidius Naso (PHI 0959)
Book TitleThe Reception of the Homeric Hymns
PublisherOxford University Press
CityOxford
ISBN9780198728788 (print)
Abstract

This paper argues that in Ovid’s Hercules episode in the Metamorphoses (9.1–323) Ovid alludes extensively to the Homeric Hymn to Apollo. As a result, the reader is encouraged to recognize a deep connection between the two figures in Ovid’s poem, a connection that reflects their association in Augustan visual iconography. Narrative dynamics in the Hercules episode reveal that Ovid was aware of the structural issues that inhere in the Hymn and that he exploited these issues to comment negatively on certain aspects of Augustan religious and political propaganda. As a result, Ovid’s Hercules episode shows how the rich material that the Homeric Hymns provided could be shaped through the lens of the receivers contemporary religious and political realities. [http://www.oxfordscholarship.com/view/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198728788.001.0001/acprof-9780198728788-chapter-7]

DOI10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198728788.003.0007

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