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Personification Allegory in the Aeneid and Ovid’s Metamorphoses

Lowe, Dunstan (2008) Personification Allegory in the Aeneid and Ovid’s Metamorphoses. Mnemosyne, 61 (3). pp. 414-435. ISSN 0026-7074. (doi:10.1163/156852507X235209) (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Abstract

"Ovid's well-known innovations in the use of personification allegory combine closely with those of Virgil, to form a distinctive 'Augustan' phase in the development of allegory in classical literature. Both Ovid and Virgil make fictional abstractions concrete and ontologically ambiguous. Innovations common to both the Aeneid and Metamorphoses constitute an important stage in the emergence of 'compositional allegory', in the wake of the Roman adoption of Stoicising interpretative reading practices in the course of the first century BC. Both epics involve Furies as models for their major personified abstractions, both in narrative role and in concrete detail. Uniquely in and to Roman literature, Furies changed from supernatural beings into personified abstractions. This change, enabled by the semantic replacement of proper names such as Erinys or Eumenis with the word Furia ('frenzy'), produced new depth and complexity in the form and metaliterary function of personifications in Roman epic and later literary traditions. French abstract (from l'Annee Philologique): Mise en valeur d'une phase « augustéenne » dans le développement de l'allégorie dans la littérature classique, à partir de l'analyse croisée des innovations d'Ovide et de Virgile. Ces transformations du style épique vont de pair avec la vulgarisation à Rome des pratiques de lecture stoïciennes des textes allégoriques, au cours du 1er s. av. J.-C. ; un exemple privilégié est celui du traitement des Furies, qui passent du statut d'êtres surnaturels à celui d'abstractions personnifiées."

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1163/156852507X235209
Subjects: P Language and Literature
P Language and Literature > PA Classical philology
Divisions: Faculties > Humanities > School of European Culture and Languages > Classical and Archaeological Studies
Depositing User: Dunstan Lowe
Date Deposited: 22 Jun 2013 15:55 UTC
Last Modified: 29 May 2019 10:09 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/33785 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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