Ambiguity and Religion in Ovid's Fasti: Religious Innovation and the Imperial Family (Mnemosyne #466) (Hardcover)

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Ambiguity and Religion in Ovid's Fasti: Religious Innovation and the Imperial Family (Mnemosyne #466) (Hardcover)

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Ovid's Fasti offers multifocal views of Augustan religion to convey ambivalences, inconsistencies and paradoxes in the imperial family's religious agenda. Darja Sterbenc Erker explores Ovid's irreverent and ambiguous presentations of calendrical aeitiologies, deifications and imperial gods that humorously call to mind Arachne's tapestry depicting faulty gods and that stand in sharp contrast to the poet's more serious discussions of the values he cherishes, such as freedom and poetic immortality. Especially in the exilic revisions of the poem, Ovid emphasises the motif of bestowing divine honours upon mortals through poetry. For him, the stars in the heavens do not represent deified statesmen but immortal authors.
Product Details ISBN: 9789004527034
ISBN-10: 9004527036
Publisher: Brill
Publication Date: January 26th, 2023
Pages: 288
Language: English
Series: Mnemosyne