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date: 23 October 2019

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Ovid’s poetry opens a dialogue with the three major Hesiodic works: the Theogony, the Works and Days, and the Catalogue of Women. The ways in which these works complement or differ from each other are reflected in Ovid’s Ars Amatoria, Metamorphoses, and Fasti. Hesiod’s works are both diverse and integrated, a combination that appealed to Ovid’s versatile genius. Stylistic and thematic aspects of Hesiodic poetry, such as puns and transformations, further resonate with Ovidian poetics. Ovid engages with Hesiod’s text directly and indirectly through the tradition of Hesiodic reception, which includes philosophers such as Xenophanes and Philodemus, as well as Hellenistic poets such as Callimachus and Aratus.

Keywords: agriculture, Callimachus, certamen Homeri et Hesiodi, genealogy, metamorphosis, gender, philosophy, personification, time, syllepsis

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