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Ovid in Late Antiquity

F. E. Consolino (ed.)
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506 p., 14 b/w tables, 156 x 234 mm, 2018
ISBN: 978-2-503-57808-8
Languages: English, French, Italian
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The 2000th anniversary of Ovid's death was celebrated in 2017, and Ovid in Late Antiquity aims to mark the occasion. This book embodies a specific approach to Ovid's oeuvre, which is not analysed in and of itself, but rather in its role as a wellspring of inspiration to which later authors would return time and again. Covering the work of a number of authors, who found their way back to Ovid via different methodological pathways, the research distilled in this book is geared towards exploring the ways in which the authors of late antquity interacted with the poet of the Metamorphoses and with his immense, multifaceted output. The choice of this approach arose out of an awareness that the presence and influence of Ovid in late antiquity constitute aspects of the Ovidian legacy that would benefit from more in-depth exploration. The essays in this collection are intended to help bridge this gap.


Franca Ela Consolino is professor of Latin Language and Literature at the University of L’Aquila. Her research is focused on literary, historical, philological aspects of Latin literary production of Late Antiquity and early Middle Ages, with contributions on both profane and Christian authors, on literary genres, on cultural milieus. She is also the author of several essays dealing with the Christianization of Roman female aristocracy.


Table of Contents

Introduction (F. E. Consolino)
Que dit-on (ou ne dit-on pas) d’Ovide dans l’Antiquité tardive ? (F. Dolveck)

The Late Roman Empire (IV-V Century)
An vos Nasonis carmina non legitis?: Ovid in Ausonius’ Epigrams (S. Mattiacci)
Flowers and Heroines: Some Remarks on Ovid’s Presence in the Cupido cruciatus (F. E. Consolino)
Claudian and the Metamorphoses (C. Pavarani)
Echoes of Ovid in Claudian’s Carmina Minora 9 and 28 (A. Luceri)
Rivaliser avec Ovide (presque) sans Ovide : à propos de Claudien, Gigantomachie (Carm. min. 53), v. 91-113 (J.-L. Charlet)
Ovidian traces in Jerome’s works. Re-evaluation and Beyond (Ph. Polcar)
Ovid in the De Sodoma (A. Oh)

From the Late Roman Empire to the Barbarian Kingdoms
Late Antique Metamorphoses: Ausonius’ Mosella and Fulgentius’ Mythologies as Ovidian Revisitations (J. Hernandez Lobato)
The Influence of Ovid’s Metamorphoses in Late Antiquity: Phaethon and the Palace of the Sun (M. Roberts)
Presence of, References to and Echoes of Ovid in the Works of Rutilius Namatianus, Sidonius Apollinaris and Avitus of Vienne (L. Furbetta)

The Barbarian Kingdoms (V-VI Century)
The Satisfactio: Strategies of Argumentation and Literary Models. The Role of Ovid (S. Filosini)
Ovide dans l’œuvre profane de Dracontius : une influence paradoxale ? Du microcosme du vers au macrocosme des poèmes (A. Stoehr-Monjou)
La présence d’Ovide dans l’Appendix Maximiani (carmina Garrod-Schetter) : enjeux théoriques et pratiques d’intertextualité (B. Goldlust)
Caelo terraeque perosus inter utrumque perit: un’eco ovidiana nella descrizione della morte di Giuda in Aratore (R. Mori)
The Metrical Forms of the Elegiac Distich in Late Antiquity. Ovid in Venantius Fortunatus (L. Ceccarelli)



« Une fois de plus, la collection Studi e testi tardoantichi offre un volume d'une grande qualité, qui propose des études littéraries approfondies sur un large choix d'auteurs tardifs. » (Marie-Pierre Bussières, dans Bryn Mawr Classical Review 2019.07.23)

« F.E. Consolino terminait son introduction en espérant que le livre qu’elle éditait serait le point de départ de nouvelles recherches « which will make it possible to shed more light on Ovid’s place in late antiquity » (p. 16). Avec l’exemple de Jordanès on voit combien en effet ce travail est inspirant. Il ne reste plus qu’à souhaiter qu’elle soit entendue ! » (Lucienne Deschamps, dans Revue des Études Anciennes, 121/1, 2019, p. 289)

Interest Classification:
Classics, Ancient History, Oriental Studies
Latin literature
Classical Latin literature
Early Christian & Patristic Latin literature
Specific genres
Latin Poetry - Classical
Latin Poetry - Patristic

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