Ovid, Metamorphoses, 3.511-733: Latin Text with Introduction, Commentary, Glossary of Terms, Vocabulary Aid and Study Questions - cover image

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Copyright

Ingo Gildenhard; Andrew Zissos

Published On

2016-09-05

ISBN

Paperback978-1-78374-082-6
Hardback978-1-78374-083-3
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Language

  • English

Print Length

262 pages (xii + 250)

Dimensions

Paperback156 x 14 x 234 mm(6.14" x 0.55" x 9.21")
Hardback156 x 16 x 234 mm(6.14" x 0.63" x 9.21")

Weight

Paperback822g (29.00oz)
Hardback1203g (42.43oz)

Media

Illustrations8
Tables9

OCLC Number

959329498

LCCN

2019452726

BIC

  • DB
  • DCF
  • CFP

BISAC

  • LIT004190
  • LIT014000
  • POE008000
  • FOR016000

LCC

  • PA6519.M3

Keywords

  • Ovid
  • Metamorphoses
  • myth
  • latin literature
  • commentary
  • vocabulary
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Ovid, Metamorphoses, 3.511-733

Latin Text with Introduction, Commentary, Glossary of Terms, Vocabulary Aid and Study Questions

  • Ingo Gildenhard (author)
  • Andrew Zissos (author)
This extract from Ovid's 'Theban History' recounts the confrontation of Pentheus, king of Thebes, with his divine cousin, Bacchus, the god of wine. Notwithstanding the warnings of the seer Tiresias and the cautionary tale of a character Acoetes (perhaps Bacchus in disguise), who tells of how the god once transformed a group of blasphemous sailors into dolphins, Pentheus refuses to acknowledge the divinity of Bacchus or allow his worship at Thebes. Enraged, yet curious to witness the orgiastic rites of the nascent cult, Pentheus conceals himself in a grove on Mt. Cithaeron near the locus of the ceremonies. But in the course of the rites he is spotted by the female participants who rush upon him in a delusional frenzy, his mother and sisters in the vanguard, and tear him limb from limb.
The episode abounds in themes of abiding interest, not least the clash between the authoritarian personality of Pentheus, who embodies 'law and order', masculine prowess, and the martial ethos of his city, and Bacchus, a somewhat effeminate god of orgiastic excess, who revels in the delusional and the deceptive, the transgression of boundaries, and the blurring of gender distinctions.
This course book offers a wide-ranging introduction, the original Latin text, study aids with vocabulary, and an extensive commentary. Designed to stretch and stimulate readers, Gildenhard and Zissos's incisive commentary will be of particular interest to students of Latin at AS and undergraduate level. It extends beyond detailed linguistic analysis to encourage critical engagement with Ovid's poetry and discussion of the most recent scholarly thought.

Reviews

The most impressive contribution this volume provides is the first-rate commentary. Gildenhard and Zissos' expertise in Ovidian studies is evident on every page, as they masterfully lead learners through the complexities of the Metamorphoses...Moreover, the detailed commentary is punctuated with numerous helpful charts, diagrams, and pictures that further aid learners in their study. Likewise, the introductory essays are ideal for students on both the secondary and postsecondary levels.

Dr Bartolo Natoli

"Ovid, Metamorphoses, 3.511-733. Latin Text with Introduction, Commentary, Glossary of Terms, Vocabulary Aid and Study Questions". The Classical Outlook (0009-8361), vol. 92, no. 4, 2017.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements

Abbreviations

Symbols and Terms

Reference Works

Grammatical Terms

Ancient Literature

Introduction

1. Ovid and His Times

2. Ovid’s Literary Progression: Elegy to Epic

3. The Metamorphoses: A Literary Monstrum

3a. Genre Matters

3b. A Collection of Metamorphic Tales

3c. A Universal History

3d. Anthropological Epic

3e. A Reader’s Digest of Greek and Latin Literature

4. Ovid’s Theban Narrative

5. The Set Text: Pentheus and Bacchus

5a. Sources and Intertexts

5b. The Personnel of the Set Text

6. The Bacchanalia and Roman Culture

Text

Commentary

511–26: Tiresias’ Warning to Pentheus

527–71: Pentheus’ Rejection of Bacchus

531–63: Pentheus’ Speech

572–691: The Captive Acoetes and his Tale

692–733: Pentheus’ Gruesome Demise

Appendices

1. Versification

2. Glossary of Rhetorical and Syntactic Figures

Bibliography


Contributors

Ingo Gildenhard

(author)
Reader in Classics and the Classical Tradition at University of Cambridge

Andrew Zissos

(author)
Associate Professor of Classics at University of California, Irvine