Delahoyde & Hughes
Orpheus

OVID
METAMORPHOSES
BOOK XII


The Invasion of Troy:

Ovid dodges repetition of the material everyone knows from the Homeric epics and instead dwells more on the side materials: the early omens, the murder of Iphegenia, etc. Ovid tells of the force of rumor (286-287) right at this point: why?

We hear a second origin of cygnus, the swan (289).

Nestor's Story of Caeneus:
Nestor narrates briefly the story of Caeneus, a woman turned into a man after Neptune rapes her (291).
The Battle with the Centaurs:
Just where in the sequence of events the great Trojan War should appear, Ovid gives us the rambling Nestor telling of another kind of fight: at a wedding, the drunk and horny centaurs brawl. [Centaurs have been infantalized by Disney in Fantasia (1940).]
The Omission of Hercules:
  • Is Nestor senile?
  • Nestor tries to justify his failure to mention Hercules. What is his explanation?
  • What questions does Ovid raise about the reporting of legend and why?


Metamorphoses Book XIII
Ovid Index
Orpheus: Roman Mythology