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).
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