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04/11 Sara Myers (UVA): “Bodies and Boundaries: Narrative Patterns in Ovid’s Italian Rape Myths”

Colloquium, Department of Clasical Studies
Thursday, April 11, 2024 - 4:45pm to 6:15pm

402 Cohen Hall, 249 South 36th St.

*4:15-4:45 pm: Coffee and cookies in Cohen Hall 2nd Floor Lounge. All are welcome.

This talk will focus primarily on Ovid’s two Italian rape narratives, Pomona in Metamorphoses 14 and Flora in Fasti 5 (183-206), both of which seem to be original to Ovid. I will argue that the episodes should be considered as in dialogue with each other and reveal a preoccupation with boundaries– sexual, spatial, generic, and textual¬– and their violation. I will then suggest that this pattern is continued in the other two Italian rape narratives of the Fasti, Lara (2.611-16) and Carna/Cranaë (6.1.125-30).