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Ovid Writing Styles in Metamorphoses

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Dactylic Hexameters

Dactylic hexameter is the meter that traditionally was used in Greek and Latin epic poetry. From the Greek meaning "finger," a dactyl is a metrical arrangement that consists of one stressed syllable followed by two unstressed syllables. Hexameter literally means "six metra." The term dactylic hexameter is a metrical pattern that per line consists of six successive dactyls. Virgil's Aenid is an example of an epic written in dactylic hexameters. Beginning with the second line of the Metamorphoses, Ovid employs dactylic hexameter for his epic.

Mythology

The themes of change and power are presented in the first twelve books of the Metamorphoses through mythic stories. Many of the stories in Ovid's work were orally transmitted over the centuries and formed the basis of pagan belief systems. Ovid may also have been influenced by several earlier Latin and Greek poets, including Nicander, Boios, and Parthenius of Nicaea, but...

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