Literary Parody in Ovid's “Metamorphoses”

Sean Edward Lake, Fordham University


This study focuses on Ovid's transformation of the Perseus myth in Books Four and Five of the Metamorphoses. Ovid adapts and alters his sources for the Perseus myth, creating a version that is largely directed toward a critique of the way that figures from myth, and Perseus in particular, are used by Augustus in his imagery, or linked to him by other poets and artists. This study also examines a few similar figures and episodes in the Metamorphoses (Phaethon, Hercules, and the Centauromachy), and the way the Perseus myth is used in Ovid's other works.

Subject Area

Classical studies

Recommended Citation

Lake, Sean Edward, "Literary Parody in Ovid's “Metamorphoses”" (2010). ETD Collection for Fordham University. AAI3431912.