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Institute of Classical Studies


Ovid was the most influential and widely imitated of all classical Latin poets. This volume publishes papers delivered at a conference on the Reception of Ovid in March 2013, jointly organised by the Institute of Classical Studies and the Warburg Institute, University of London.  

It presents studies of the impact of Ovid’s work on Renaissance commentators, on neo-Latin poetry and epistolography, on Renaissance engravers, on poets like Dante, Mantuan, Pontano, Ariosto, Tasso, Spenser, Lodge, Weever, Milton and Cowley and on artists including Correggio and Rubens.  

The main focus of the volume is inevitably the afterlife of the Metamorphoses but it also includes discussions of the impact of Heroides, Fasti, and Ibis, and publishes for the first time a Latin verse life of Ovid composed around 1460 by Bernardo Moretti.  

Contributors are Hélène Casanova-Robin, Frank T. Coulson, Fátima Diez-Plazas, Ingo Gildenhard, Philip Hardie, Maggie Kilgour, Gesine Manuwald, Elizabeth McGrath, John Miller, Victoria Moul, Caroline Stark, and Hérica Valladares.

Table of contents

Peter Mack & John North Introduction
Ingo Gildenhard Dante’s scriptures: Metamorphoses, Bible, Divina commedia 
Caroline Stark Reflections of Narcissus
Frank T. Coulson Bernardo Moretti: a newly discovered commentator on Ovid’s Ibis
Hélène Casanova-Robin From Ovid to Pontano. Myth, a forma mentis? Elaborating humanitas through mythological invention
John F. Miller Ovid’s Janus and the start of the year in Renaissance Fasti sacri
Gesine Manuwald Letter-writing after Ovid: his impact on Neo-Latin verse epistles
Fátima Díez-Platas Et per omnia saecula imagine vivam:the completion of a figurative corpus for Ovid’s Metamorphoses in fifteenth and sixteenth century book illustrations
Hérica Valladares The Io in Correggio: Ovid and the metamorphosis of a Renaissance painter
Elizabeth McGrath Rubens and Ovid
Maggie Kilgour Importing the Ovidian Muse to England
Philip Hardie Milton as reader of Ovid’s Metamorphoses
Victoria Moul The transformation of Ovid in Cowley’s herb garden: Books 1 and 2 of the Plantarum Libri Sex (1668)