The Homeric Hymn to Aphrodite in Ovid and Augustan Literature

TitleThe Homeric Hymn to Aphrodite in Ovid and Augustan Literature
Publication TypeBook Chapter
Year of Publication2016
AuthorsKeith, A
EditorVergados, A, Schwab, A, Faulkner, A
Ancient AuthorsPublius Vergilius Maro (PHI 0690), Publius Ovidius Naso (PHI 0959), Quintus Horatius Flaccus (PHI 0893), Hymni Homerici Hymn. (TLG 0013), Callimachus Philol. (TLG 0533)
Book TitleThe Reception of the Homeric Hymns
PublisherOxford University Press
CityOxford
ISBN9780198728788 (print)
Abstract

This paper investigates the impact of the Homeric Hymn to Aphrodite in the Latin poetry of the Augustan age and especially that of Ovid, both in the Metamorphoses and Heroides. Ovid’s repeated allusions to the Homeric Hymn to Aphrodite, whether alone or in dynamic combination with other Homeric Hymns, suggest that he knew both the individual hymn and the collection of Homeric Hymns well. Virgilian and Horatian intertexts enrich Ovid’s allusive play with the archaic hymns. Ovid makes allusions to the Homeric Hymn to Aphrodite through Virgilian intertexts, which implicitly credit Virgil with a particular prominence in the transmission of the Homeric Hymns into Latin literature. [http://www.oxfordscholarship.com/view/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198728788.001.0001/acprof-9780198728788-chapter-6]

DOI10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198728788.003.0006

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