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G. O. Hutchinson

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780199279418

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199279418.001.0001

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Ovid, Amores 3: The Book

Ovid, Amores 3: The Book

(p.177) 8 Ovid, Amores 3: The Book
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The structure of Amores 3 has been obscured by the whole series Amores 1-3, and the relation to Ovid's coming works. The structure rests on genre. The frame (poems 1 and 15) shows the poet-narrator making and keeping a decisive resolution, to leave love-elegy for tragedy; the frame has connotations of tragedy, especially of Medea. The inset (poems 2-14) presents the indecisive and imperfective world of love-elegy, from which the narrator will escape. The inset teases the reader, however, on ending and on love. It makes excursions into other genres, but subverts more than it reinforces generic hierarchy. The book is politically subversive on adultery, and pointedly avoids Roman patriotism. Intertextuality with other ‘last’ books highlights the force of its structure.

Keywords:   Ovid, Amores, genre, generic hierarchy, tragedy, love-elegy, ending, intertextuality, love-elegy, adultery

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