A Honeycomb For Aphrodite

Kline, A. S. (b.1947), authored by Kline, A. S. (contact-email)

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The analysis offers a nuanced understanding of Ovid’s “Metamorphoses,” positioning it as a humanist counterpoint to the epic genre represented by Virgil’s “Aeneid.” It delves into the structural elements and recurring motifs that span religious, social, and ethical spheres, embedding the work in the Augustan Roman context. The study, titled “A Honeycomb for Aphrodite,” contends that Ovid’s rendition goes beyond mere retelling of Greek myths; it serves as a humanist commentary that reconfigures ancient narratives through the lens of Roman civility. The author argues that Ovid’s perspective diverges from the imperialistic or heroic viewpoints common in literature of his time, offering instead a narrative filled with tenderness, pathos, and moderation. This approach, the author claims, has exerted a lasting influence on European culture beyond just the Medieval and Renaissance periods.

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Kline, A. S.

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