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    Same Source, Different Stories: A Comparison of Ovid and Lastman’s Interpretations of the Story of Io Roman mythology is rich with stories of heroism and morality, but another common theme is the tumultuous relationship between Gods and Goddesses. This phenomenon is clearly seen in the myth of Io. The most widely known account of the story of Io was written by Roman poet Ovid in 8AD as one of nearly 250 myths in his poem The Metamorphoses. Jupiter, the chief deity, sees the beautiful nymph Io and decides to have his way with her, concealing his adulterous behavior with a dark cloud above them. Despite his intentions, the cloud only advertises the suspicious situation to his wife Juno and she rushes to the Earth intent on discovering Jupiter’s…

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    When the story of “Diana and Actaeon” is mentioned, one’s mind most commonly recalls the episode in Ovid’s Metamorphoses, in which Actaeon accidentally stumbles upon the goddess Diana naked in the woods during a hunting trip, and she metamorphoses him into a deer; therefore, his hunting dogs devour him (Ovid 55). “Diana and Actaeon” is a very well known episode from the Metamorphoses; it is where Ovid first delves into a discussion of whether the gods are just in their punishments towards…

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    Heracles Theme

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    Heracles – In this work, the theme of nation is represented when his older brother becomes a ruler and he is sent to the twelve laborers. After defeating all the laborers, Lycus became very worried about Thebes and constantly thinks about Heracles and his kingship. The theme of nation takes a huge toll on Heracles and his family. Essentially, this strikes fear into Thebes. In fact, he does not want to be killed by Heracles family. Unfortunately, Heracles ends up returning and killing Lycus’s…

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    In Book I, Apollo first attempts to rape the nymph Daphne, the daughter of the river god Peneus, who wishes to remain a chaste virgin. When he first approaches her praising her beauty in an attempt at seduction, she immediately runs away to escape him. Ovid writes, “She flees more swiftly than the lightest breeze, / nor will she halt when he calls out to her” (1.94-95). He pursues his uninterested quarry assuming that she is uninterested only because she doesn’t realize who is chasing her,…

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    Unquestionably, the major theme in Ovid’s Metamorphoses is transformations. Ovid was well known for his ability to tell phenomenal stories and this one was probably one of the greatest. Throughout the story, he takes beliefs that were significant at the time, and mocks them through the theme of transformation. Ovid was well known to poke and satirize other popular works of his time and he does so throughout this story. At the beginning of the story, Ovid asks the gods, who are the ones causing…

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    In her poem titled “The Letter of the God of Love”, Pizan defends women against clerks who write accusations against women and who put women in a negative light. The poem was partly a reaction to the popular acceptance of the slandering of women in the continuation of “The Romance of the Rose” by Jean de Meung and the Roman poet Ovid’s Art of Love. In Pizan’s poem, it is mentioned that certain men “lay blame to [women], composing tales in rhyme, in prose, in verse, in which they scorn their…

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    Biographical Information Venus lamenting the death of Adonis is a drawing designed by Benjamin West in the year 1768. He spent most of his time designing paintings such as this while in London. Description Venus Lamenting, the death of Adonis, is a drawing about Adonis, a mortal youth, as from the Ovid Metamorphoses. Venus was a mythological goddess who fell in love with him. They used to spend most of their time together hunting wild animals. He was slain while hunting and lay down on the…

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    tale. This text will allow me to explore how the morally right women were expected to behave and what the consequences, socially or otherwise, were if they strayed outside these bounds. 3. Ovid. "Ars Amatoria." Art of Love. Cosmetics. Remedies for Love. Ibis. Walnut-tree. Sea Fishing. Consolation. Trans. J. H. Mozley and G. P. Goold. 2nd ed. Cambridge, MA: Harvard UP, 1979. 11-176. Loeb Classical Library. Web. 16 Feb. 2017. This is a series of three books in which Ovid gives advice for men and…

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    Affection is not always beautiful or ideal. Throughout the Metamorphosis by Ovid there were many examples of treacherous “love” stories. However, could these actions be considered love? During his time in the Roman Empire, Ovid wrote many controversial pieces that uprooted questions about the respectfulness of the topics at hand. His writings traditionally provided deep thought for moral reflection. Within this book, there are many acts of affection that are brutal such as cutting out tongues…

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    Ovid was one of the most notable Roman poets. His intellectual capability was far superior in comparison to others. Ovid’s unique intelligence is partially due to his father’s demands and support for him to become a lawyer. Ovid’s most famous work was Metamorphoses, a fifteen- book narrative revolving around mythological creatures and events. The epic of Metamorphoses includes a set of small stories ranging from the creation of earth to the various mythological experiences, specifically from…

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