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Ovid's FastiHistorical Readings at its Bimillennium$
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Geraldine Herbert-Brown

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780198154754

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198154754.001.0001

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Ovid's Liberalia

Ovid's Liberalia

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(p.199) 9 Ovid's Liberalia
Source:
Ovid's Fasti
Author(s):

John F. Miller

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198154754.003.0009

This chapter offers an explication of the feast in honour of Liber (F. 3. 713-90) in the light of a) the interplay of Greek myth and Roman cult; b) the mixing of presentational modes (didactic, hymnic, narrative, aetiological); c) generic self-consciousness (how Ovid meets the challenge of narrative in the elegiac meter); d) how Ovid imagines the details of the festival against the background of what we know of the Liberalia from elsewhere (the inscribed calendars, Varro, Macrobius, Augustine, and others).

Keywords:   Liber(alia), Greek myth, Roman cult, didactic, hymnic, narrative, aetiological, elegiac modes

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