Metamorphoses Short Essay - Answer Key

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1. According to Ovid, how is the earth created?

An unnamed creator begins to separate the forces of the world - land from sea, light air from heavy air, light from dark. Then, realizing that all this space was unused, the creator created animals and man to live on the earth. In the beginning, all of these forces cohabited smoothly, taking care of each other and the land.

2. What happens when Jupiter goes to visit Lycaon?

Jupiter was treated very rudely by Lycaon, who fed him the boiled flesh of a human to test if Jupiter was really a god. He even attempted to kill Jupiter while he slept. Jupiter was so outraged by this behavior that he turned Lycaon into a wolf and created a flood that wiped out humanity.

3. Who do Cupid's first two arrows shoot, and what is the outcome?

Cupid first shot Apollo, causing him to fall in love with Daphne. The second arrow, intended to hit Daphne, missed, causing her to flee. Apollo chased after her attempting to rape her. In despair, Daphne called out to her father, Jupiter, who transformed her into a laurel tree. Even then, Apollo groped and kissed the tree attempting to get at Daphne.

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