Departmental Papers (Classical Studies)

Document Type

Journal Article

Date of this Version

1992

Publication Source

The American Journal of Philology

Volume

113

Issue

2

Start Page

235

Last Page

268

DOI

10.2307/295559

Abstract

Among the central critical issues surrounding Ovid's Metamorphoses--indeed, underlying many of this challenging text's unsolved problems--is the question of genre. Is the poem epic or a species of epic (e.g., anti-epic, epic parody, elegized epic, or epicized elegy); a type of Kollektivgedicht, stringing together either a series of examples from some miniature form such as the epyllion, or else sampling now one genre, now another; or is it simply unique, resisting any effort at categorization? Despite the intelligent and detailed discussion that the question has received during the past seventy-five years, it is safe to say that no critical consensus has emerged.

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Copyright © 1992 Johns Hopkins University Press. This article first appeared in The American Journal of Philology 113:2 (1992), 235-268. Reprinted with permission by Johns Hopkins University Press.

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Date Posted: 12 December 2016

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