Imago Mundi: another view of the creation in Ovid's 'Metamorphoses.'

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Date: Spring 1995
From: American Journal of Philology(Vol. 116, Issue 1)
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
Document Type: Article
Length: 11,172 words

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Ovid's description of the creation of the world in his work 'Metamorphoses' was influenced by Homer's allegorical depiction of a divine craftsman. Ovid departs from Appolonius Rhodius's cosmogony by depicting the initial stages of the universe as an orderly creation that emerged from chaotic origins. He turns to Homer's narration of Hephaestus creating a shield for Achilles as a symbol of the creation of the universe, wherein the work of art embodies qualities of the cosmos itself.

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Gale Document Number: GALE|A17012078