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

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. []


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