Friday, February 8, 2008

Pensum Secundum--Pyramus and Thisbe

In his commentary, William Anderson says that "it is the program of the Metamorphoses to explore human love through a large variety of narratives, a program so obvious that the poem has been called on "epic of love". (p. 417)

He also notes that the story of Pyramus and Thisbe is a "naive presentation of love here" which "can function as the beginning of a progressive exploration." (ibid.)

Address both of these claims. How does this story fit in "an epic of love"? If the story of Pyramus and Thisbe is a naive presentation of love, what elements of the story could easily be developed for a more mature presentation of love?

As always, cite the Latin from Ovid, translate it, and then make good arguments for your analysis.

Friday, January 25, 2008

Primum Pensum

In this story of Daphne and Apollo, Ovid juxtaposes two different themes: the hunt, and sexual passion. Explore these two themes in the story. Where do they run concurrently? Where do they diverge? Where do they pertain to Apollo in one way, to Daphne in another? Do they ever change roles? Finally, have you see anything like these double themes in the works of Catullus? Remember to document your work with quotations from the Latin, and then translate them before you analyze them.