Ancient Etymologies in Ovid's Metamorphoses: A Commented Lexicon [Hardback]

Andreas Michalopoulos (Author)

ISBN: 9780905205984 | Published by: Francis Cairns (Publications) Ltd | Year of Publication: 2001 | Language: English 204p, viii + 204 pages

Ancient Etymologies in Ovid's Metamorphoses


In this useful contribution to a subject of growing importance in contemporary classical studies, Andreas Michalopoulos has collected around 200 etymologies and etymological complexes in Ovid's Metamorphoses . These are listed with brief contextual information, evidence for the etymology from ancient grammarians, discussion of the artistic function of the wordplay, and examples of its use in other works of Ovid and in other Latin poets. The introduction sets out a conceptual framework and succinctly describes etymological techniques particularly typical of (although not unique to) Ovid. As well as adding to the corpus of etymological reference works, this study will increase appreciation both of Ovid's learning and of his wit.

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