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Omnia Mutantur, Nihil Interit? Virgil's Katabasis And The Ideas Of The Hereafter In Ovid's Metamorphoses

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This chapter explains the cosmos of Ovid's Metamorphoses. In order to understand the procedure Ovid employed, the author takes a closer look at the three narratives("The Rape of Proserpine", "Orpheus in the Underworld", and "The Speech of Pythagoras"), their narrators and main characters, and analyzes the relationship of their different explanations of the world on the foil of the contemporary debates. In the description and the implicit assumption of an underworld which the souls of the dead, in accordance with traditional myths, reach after their demise, they convey a common idea of death and the hereafter. Ovid uses the poetic process of "splitting up", when he ties his own work to the katabasis, thus taking Virgil, on a macro-structural poetic level, as his literary model.

Keywords: bard Orpheus; katabasis; Metamorphoses; muse Calliope; Ovid; Pythagoras; Virgil



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