Reflections in a Serpent's Eye: Thebes in Ovid's Metamorphoses by Micaela JananReflections in a Serpent's Eye: Thebes in Ovid's Metamorphoses by Micaela Janan

Reflections in a Serpent's Eye: Thebes in Ovid's Metamorphoses

byMicaela Janan

Hardcover | November 22, 2009

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Ovid's extraordinary story of Thebes' founding and bloody unravelling spans two books of his epic poem, the Metamorphoses. His bizarre refractions of the well-ordered community engage Ovid's own Rome and the mythohistory of the Eternal City's origins, most particularly as framed in Vergil'sAeneid (Vergil's poem attained nonpareil status as the Latin epic soon after publication). The Aeneid has regularly been read as persuasively formulating how and why Rome will stride forward into history, into manifest destiny, and into "empire without end". The Metamorphoses' strangely fantasticalsurface reflects what is already inherently perverse in that master-narrative, disclosing the narrative's internal contradictions. Ovid rigorously and sceptically not only interrogates the existing (Roman) political order, claimed as lasting truth, but also the very possibility of organizing anypolity into a harmonious, organically unified, lasting institution.
Micaela Janan is Associate Professor of Classical Studies at Duke University.
Title:Reflections in a Serpent's Eye: Thebes in Ovid's MetamorphosesFormat:HardcoverDimensions:290 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.89 inPublished:November 22, 2009Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction: 'Happy Birthday, Romulus'2. 'In Nomine Patris': Ovid's Theban Law3. 'Th' Unconquerable Will, and Study of Revenge': Juno in Thebes4. Narcissus and Echo: The Arrows of Love's Errors5. 'Through a Glass Darkly': Narcissus as Oedipus6. Pentheus Monsters Thebes7. Ovid and the Epic Tradition: The Post-Augustans