Silenced Voices: The Poetics of Speech in Ovid

Silenced Voices: The Poetics of Speech in Ovid

by Bartolo A. Natoli


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Silenced Voices is a pointed examination of the loss of speech, exile from community, and memory throughout the literary corpus of the Roman poet Ovid. In his book-length poem Metamorphoses, characters are transformed in ways that include losing their power of human speech. In Tristia and Epistulae ex Ponto, poems written after Ovid's exile from Rome in 8 ce, he represents himself as also having been transformed, losing his voice.

Bartolo A. Natoli provides a unique cross-reading of these works. He examines how the motifs and ideas articulated in the Metamorphoses provide the template for the poet's representation of his own exile. Ovid depicts his transformation with an eye toward memory, reformulating how his exile would be perceived by his audience. His exilic poems are an attempt to recover the voice he lost and to reconnect with the community of Rome.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780299312107
Publisher: University of Wisconsin Press
Publication date: 08/15/2017
Series: Wisconsin Studies in Classics Series
Pages: 248
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Bartolo A. Natoli is an assistant professor of classics at Randolph-Macon College.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments                     1 Speech and Speech Loss in Ancient Rome: A Working Schema                   2 Speech Loss in the Metamorphoses              3 Speech Loss in the Exile Literature               4 Speech Loss and Memory in the Exile Literature                    Notes               Works Cited                 Appendix A: Instances of Speech Loss in the Metamorphoses                        Appendix B: Uses of mutus in Latin Literature                        Index Locorum

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