Reconsidering Ovid's Ides of March: a commentary on Fasti 3.697-710

Sinclair, Julia M. E. (2004) Reconsidering Ovid's Ides of March: a commentary on Fasti 3.697-710. Masters thesis, Memorial University of Newfoundland.

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Abstract

Anti-Augustan readings dominate the scholarship on Fasti 3.697–710. This thesis challenges these anti-Augustan readings with arguments for a pro-Augustan reading as a viable alternative in Ovid's mythopoetic conception of Caesar's assassination and deification. Chapter 1 contains a translation of Fasti 3.697–710 and a line-by-line commentary. This commentary addresses elements vital to understanding the passage, such as vocabulary, themes, literary conventions, and even punctuation. Chapter 2 reviews the scholarship on this passage and weighs the pro- and anti-Augustan elements, then concludes with a discussion of some ideological parallels between Ovid and Valerius Maximus regarding Julius Caesar's assassination and deification. Appendix I examines the parallel passage Metamorphoses 15.749–840 in relation to Fasti 3.697–710, discussing both similarities and differences. Appendix II reviews the references to Julius Caesar in Augustan poetry, including the Fasti.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
URI: http://research.library.mun.ca/id/eprint/11432
Item ID: 11432
Additional Information: Bibliography: leaves 93-103.
Department(s): Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of > Classics
Date: 2004
Date Type: Submission
Library of Congress Subject Heading: Caesar, Julius; Ovid, 43 B.C.-17 A.D. or 18 A.D.--Fasti.

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