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Introduction

Maggie Kilgour

in Milton and the Metamorphosis of Ovid

Published in print February 2012 | ISBN: 9780199589432
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191738500 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199589432.003.0001

Series: Classical Presences

Introduction

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Beginning with a survey of other criticism in this area, the Introduction examines how Milton might have read Ovid and, more generally, exposes the range of meanings of ‘Ovid’ for Renaissance writers. While previous studies have emphasized the role of Ovid's Metamorphoses, it shows the importance of adding the exilic works and the Fasti to the ‘Renaissance Ovid’. It further considers the importance for Milton of Ovid's revision of Virgil, and of Ovid's central role in the development of Elizabethan literature.

Keywords: Milton; Ovid; Renaissance Ovid; Fasti; Virgil

Chapter.  21914 words. 

Subjects: Classical Literature

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