Myth Clash II: Ovid vs. Euripides for Medea, a sadness of love As one of the most well known ancient Roman love poets, Ovid has demonstrated bountiful talents within his writing. When reading myths from his book titled Metamorphoses, you gain an enlightening insight of how he viewed mythology. To Ovid, love was the origin of everything. Therefore, it should not come as a surprise that most of his poems relate to the theme of love. However, not all poets are the same and every re-telling of a myth has its own unique perspective.
With sponsorship from his friend, Augustus Caesar, Virgil was able to enjoy the benefits of having a powerful friend. Aeneas was important to imperial propaganda, and the Aeneas of Virgil epitomizes the same virtues and qualities important to Rome and his patron, Augustus. On his deathbed in 19 B.C., Virgil asked that his unfinished Aeneid be destroyed, but Augustus would not let this happen. The Aeneid was later completed by two of Virgil’s friends, that fixed the minor grammatical errors and published the poem. This decision affected the track of literary history and the development of western culture.
They are both certainly heroes, but Aeneas seems more accessible and a stronger leader, due to the way Virgil presents him. Virgil illustrated Aeneas as a man that had to participate in many tests and tempering’s, and from that, his heroism was seen as flawless. The same goes along with Homers’ Odysseus, yet in a different, more astounding way. In The Odyssey, Homer, or more so, the characters, often referred to Odysseus as the ‘Great Odysseus’. In the text, it is obvious to see that Odysseus demonstrates arrogance, charisma, over-confidence, and pride.
The dooms of Achilles and Hector dominate his design; ... ... middle of paper ... ...s' immediate and lasting success was due to his having found an answer to the spiritual needs of his time. In the vision of Rome, he presented an ideal strong enough to win the devotion of his contemporaries, and in his belief in sacrifice and suffering he prepared the way across the centuries to those like Marcus Aurelius who asked that men should live and die for an ideal city greater and more truly universal than Rome. Once Vergilius had opened up a new vision of human worth and recast the heroic ideal in a new mold, he set an example that later poets could not but follow. We might not accept his interpretation of human destiny in all its details, but we might feel that he had marked out the main lines for epic poetry and that any new heroic ideal must take account of what 'he' says and does. Bibliography: THE ILIAD BY HOMER THE AENEID BY VIGIL
At this time, Ovid was already a highly successful poet, writing erotic poetry. However, there was a genre Ovid had not yet established his dominance. This genre was epic poetry, dominated by Virgil and his work, the Aeneid. Ovid took this opportunity to write an Epic poem that would rival Virgil’s Aeneid, and explore the theme of metamorphosis, drawing from the Heraclitian paradox that the only thing constant in the universe is change. Ovid weaves together 250 myths and legends from both Greek and Roman history, and tweaks some of them to his purpose, creating interesting twists on the classic stories that are already well-known by everyone.
Aeneas as a Roman Hero in The Aeneid In Virgil’s poem, The Aeneid, the ideal Roman hero is depicted in the form of Aeneas. Not only does Aeneas represent the Roman hero, but he also represents what every Roman citizen is called to be. Each Roman citizen must posses two major virtues, he must remain pious, and he must remain loyal to the Roman race. In the poem, Aeneas encompasses both of these virtues, and must deal with both the rewards and costs of them. In the poem, Virgil says that all Romans ought to have two certain virtues: he must remain a pious Roman citizen, and he must remain loyal to the Roman race.
In sum, Virgil took... ... middle of paper ... ...omer’s epics successful while also making the Aeneid more personal by adding his own flare. Many had attempted to combine both styles, but it was seen as impossible to have a Roman writing that was on the same level as Homer’s epics. Homer was given credit as the one who developed the style of Greek writing and many Romans believed that in order to create a writing like his one had to have the ability to think, a way with words and a capacity for storytelling. Virgil was successful because he had the abilities mentioned and he was literate, which in turn worked in his favor. By combining the Greek style of writing with the Roman style Virgil was attempting something that no other Roman had ever succeeded at before.
Unsurprisingly, the story of Echo and Narcissus presents a tale of love that is spurned. The poem is part of a collection of poem published in his epic, titled Metamorphoses. Many have already written on morality as a theme, I will however look at his use of literary devices like, his use of language, imagery and plot devices to create the various tones in order to propel the theme of spurned love. In this essay, I will explore the various outcomes of spurned love, and in aid of sustaining my point, I will bring in contemporary modern interpretations of this myth; as well as other ancient Greco – Roman versions. In many of the tales of the Metamorphoses and other poems from Ovid, most notably the Heroides there is a recurring theme of rejected love.
It also explains as to why some of the things—like having Carthage as the enemy—happened. Vergil gives the Romans a past that includes the characterizations that they hold dear, as well as a historical past that explains the present, including why Carthage and Rome are enemies . Further, the Aeneid including the importance of Roman standards throughout the epic poem establishes the continuity of what he has said is important to the Romans. From this point on, Aeneas’s piety and heroism is continually mentioned and is brought to light as exceptional parts of ‘good’ Aeneas’s character. Aeneas has become both the cause of Rome’s creation through his following of his fate as well as the symbol of the perfect Roman and what Romans should be like or what type of person they came from, the good and pious
Because epic poetry was so integral to the Roman society, Augustus saw this medium as a great opportunity to further strengthen public relations. Virgil’s decision to write an epic is one that almost anyone in his situation might make. Not only does he have a great opportunity to create a poem that will earn him fame for years to come, he also had continuous funding from the Roman Empire to accomplish it. After this great commission from the first emperor of Rome, Virgil dedicated the rest of life to writing The Aeneid. The piece had to serve multiple purposes: it not only had to commend Augustus for his great works; the poem had to emulate the greatness of the ones produced by the Greeks.