Music for monsters: Ovid's Metamorphoses, bucolic evolution, and bucolic criticism

TitleMusic for monsters: Ovid's Metamorphoses, bucolic evolution, and bucolic criticism
Publication TypeBook Chapter
Year of Publication2006
AuthorsBarchiesi, A
EditorFantuzzi, M, Papanghelis, T
Ancient AuthorsPublius Ovidius Naso (PHI 0959), Theocritus Bucol. (TLG 0005), Publius Vergilius Maro (PHI 0690)
Book TitleBrill's companion to Greek and Latin pastoral

Ovidian epic promises what is potentially important evidence about the evolution of the bucolic genre after Virgil. After the instant success of the Eclogues, and while Theocritus as well as Moschus and Bion were still important poetic voices in Rome, bucolics must have been accepted, for the first time in the Western tradition, as an institutionalized genre. On the other hand, Ovid is the quintessential 'post-generic' poet. The Metamorphoses constitute an encyclopaedia of genres and so (implicitly) of literary criticism. It is not by chance that Ovid is the first important Roman author who does not construct his own work, programme, or persona, as the repetition of an individual Greek model. Some of the best studies of Metamorphoses have recognized that a certain representation of landscape, typical of Ovidian epic, owes much to the tradition of Theocritus and the Eclogues. []


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