Ovidian Myths Antiquity Has Had Essay

Length: 5 pages Subject: Literature Type: Essay Paper: #69287474 Related Topics: Medea, Iliad, Age Of Innocence, Augustus
Excerpt from Essay :

However, people have had a choice, and, while they could have continued to grow their crops peacefully, they preferred to fight endlessly instead, having despair constantly present in the world. It is not certain whether or not people could have actually stopped evil from entering their lives, but it is certain that it would need a miracle for it to disappear.

The poet presents the tyrant Lycaon as being a symbol of the ages in which people had been devoted to engaging in battle without taking into account the fact that it had been extremely ineffective and malicious. Lycaon proved his disinterest for people by offering his own son as a sacrifice for the gods. This act had acted as an offense towards the Gods, which, in their turn, transformed Lycaon into a werewolf-like creature, which had been both man and wolf in the same time. Ovid made a reference to the fact that people that perform evil activities have little humanity remaining in them, as they act similar to how animals due, with little emotional response being present within their minds.

Ovid also chose to relate to the Biblical flood when describing the beginning of the world. However, he changed the story greatly, to the point where the only beings to have survived the flood had been Deucalion, the son of Prometheus, and his wife Pyrrha. Mankind had been punished because of the depravity that they have shown at the time that they made a human sacrifice to Zeus. Even the gods had deemed the act of human sacrifice to be an abomination.

Most probably, Ovid had attempted to provide evidence relating to people being able to change their nature when presented with a critical condition. The two people left had become aware of how little and fragile they were and that it would only require for the gods to command another flood in order for them to perish. Moreover, even with the fact that the couple had been certain of their situation, it became obvious that it had been a divine intervention deciding that "two remain; a species in a pair." Along with the death of the rest of mankind, Deucalion and Pyrrha had changed their nature, wanting themselves and their successors to be certain that such a disaster would never take life-threatening conditions.

There are practically no limits to how humans can behave, as they are instinctively inspired to express their superiority towards others. Both Lycaon and the rest of mankind did not look into the chaos that they were provoking and the gods decided to end life as it had been. The fact that Deucalion and his wife were saved from having the same destiny as the rest of people had been but a coincidence, as there had been little difference between themselves and the others. Ovid also attempts to exhibit the fact that people do not require special characteristics in order to be good, since anyone, regardless of their backgrounds, has the power to appreciate peace for what it is and to condemn evil.

Nothing ever stays the same when concerning humans, as they are constantly determined to change their behavior. Moreover, nothing is as it seems when relating to people, as even those that tend to be perfect have their flaws. Abilities that seem to be gifts are also curses, with characters such as Arachne and Daedulus having been constrained and controlled by others that attempted to illustrate their supremacy. In Ovid's opinion, people need to assume responsibility over the changes that they experience during their lives, in order for them to be…

Cite this Document:

"Ovidian Myths Antiquity Has Had" (2009, October 21) Retrieved October 22, 2021, from

"Ovidian Myths Antiquity Has Had" 21 October 2009. Web.22 October. 2021. <

"Ovidian Myths Antiquity Has Had", 21 October 2009, Accessed.22 October. 2021,

Related Documents
Ovid's Influence on European Art
Words: 950 Length: 3 Pages Topic: Literature Paper #: 28124706

In literature, for example, we find this myth in the tragedy of Dr. Faustus, where the protagonist's fall is compared to the ambition of Icarus. In the visual arts this theme and myth is evident in famous paintings, such as, "Landscape with the Fall of Icarus" (1558), by Peter Brueghel. Critics have noted that Breughel used many of the detail from Ovid's story in his painting -- thus proving

Ovid's Intention in the Art
Words: 1194 Length: 4 Pages Topic: Literature Paper #: 36942047

Though he achieves great comic effect with this, Ovid could also be underlining the importance of the following poem by his inclusion of such a large portion of the Roman pantheon. There is also explicit evidence that Ovid is not merely -- or at least not solely -- talking about lust in the poem, at one point addressing the reader as, "You...who search for the essence of lasting love"

Ovid's Metamorphosis the Elements in
Words: 333 Length: 1 Pages Topic: Literature Paper #: 84745287

Mercury tells the story of Pan (whose flutes represent water) and Syrinx, another river daughter. In the second book, Ovid focuses on fire and air. He writes about the Palace of the Sun, where both air and fire are represented. The story of Phaethon is also associated with fire and air, and the sisters of Phaethon turn into trees which weep amber which is solid fire. Cygnus, Phaethon's cousin, becomes

Ovid's "The Art of Love
Words: 1056 Length: 3 Pages Topic: Literature Paper #: 45736923

If one doubts this, consider Ovid's most overly scathing prose is served for Caesar and contemporary politics. Even better than at plays, one can pick up women witnessing spectacles and triumphs: "When, lately, Caesar, in mock naval battle, / exhibited the Greek and Persian fleets, / surely young men and girls came from either coast, / and all the peoples of the world were in the City? / Who did

Ovid Literary History Goes Forwards
Words: 1171 Length: 3 Pages Topic: Literature Paper #: 1642102

This is also accomplished by "sliding" from a story centered around one character to that of a friend or relative (Epaphus and Phaethon, end of Book 1). These different links, or disjointed continuations, reaffirm the superficiality with which Ovid demands the reader to operate. Ovid uses the conformities of the epic throughout the Metamorphoses, but the height of this usage is achieved in the Ajax-Odyssey debate. Ovid's use of the

Ovid in Shakespeare's Titus Was
Words: 3005 Length: 10 Pages Topic: Literature Paper #: 7398436

We actually feel that we are there, one of the spectators, experiencing the story along with Procne and Philomela. Titus lacks these specificities and cultural details. Similarities, however, may be found in other elements. The imagery in both narratives is rich. Both Ovid and Shakespeare have a penchant for enlivening the passages with verbal imagery, particularly in the forms of simile and metaphor. Tamora's praise of the forest alludes to