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Author: Andrew Zissos

Title: The Rape of Proserpina in Ovid Met. 5.341-661

Subtitle: Internal Audience and Narrative Distortion

Journal: Phoenix: The Journal of the Classical Association of Canada

Volume: 53

Issue: 1-2

Year: Spring-Summer 1999

Pages: 97-113

ISSN: 0031-8299 – Find a Library: WordCat | eISSN: 1929-4883 – Find a Library: WordCat

Language: English

Keywords: Ancient History: Ancient Rome | Cases: Offenders / Pluto; Cases: Victims / Proserpina; Offenders: Non-Human Offenders / Gods; Representations: Literary Texts / Ovid; Victims: Deprivation / Abduction; Victims: Non-Human Victims / Gods


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Author: Andrew Zissos, Department of Classics, University of California at Irvine

Abstract: »Ovid's Rape of Proserpina (Met. 5.341-661) deviates significantly from other versions of the myth. The tale is told by an internal narrator, Calliope, as part of a high-stakes poetic context to be decided by nymphs. In shrewd acknowledgement of the judges, Calliope artificially affords the narrative limelight to various nymphs at the cost of strict narrative integrity.« (Source: Phoenix)


  Cyane (p. 98)
  Arethusa (p. 102)
  The Sirens (p. 105)
  Female Supremacy (p. 107)
  Playing to the Crowd (p. 109)
  Bibliography (p. 113)

Wikipedia: Ancient history: Ancient Rome | Literature: Latin literature / Augustan literature (ancient Rome) | Latin-language writers: Ovid / Metamorphoses | Mythology: Roman mythology / Pluto (mythology), Proserpina