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The Bravery and Recklessness of Perseus in the Poem Metamorphosis by Ovid
Perseus and Andromeda Every god exhibits certain qualities that shape their behavior and affect their actions. When dealing with mythology about gods, thousands of diverse gods exist and yet some key attributes associated with behavior stay constant. From reading the story of “Perseus and Andromeda” in Ovid Metamorphoses¸...
Desires as the Cause of the Downfall of Dido in Virgil's The Aeneid
You Put the Love on Top: Dido’s Desirous Downfall While everyone clearly has desires, it doesn’t seem immediately obvious that everyone has a form of duty. Military members and public servants, perhaps, but the average person? However, everyone arguably has a form of duty, some obligations or debts to be fulfilled, even if...
A Character Analysis of Aeneas and His Relationships With Dido, Juno and Turnus in The Aeneid
Though Aeneas cannot resist the will of the gods or fate, which demands that he leave Carthage, the manner in which he leaves Dido is not beyond contempt. We know from other passages that Aeneas is not a character without compassion, yet if Aeneas feels genuine sympathy for the lover he is about to abandon, he fails to expr...
The Power of Love in The Metamorphoses of Ovid
It is an irrevocable curse. Whether it is Cupid, or love at first sight, the power of love will weaken any man. Along with this sensation comes great responsibility; the power of love is so strong it is, indeed, dangerous. While examining the stories found within The Metamorphoses of Ovid, one can find examples of the betra...
A Comparison of the Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri and the Aeneid by Virgil
While physical life is transient, the notion of the immortality of the soul is central to Christianity. Before Dante wrote the Divine Comedy, the residence of the soul’s afterlife was speculative and enigmatic. Dante filled this vacuum by creating a detailed and gruesome depiction of Hell where sinners are punished for the...
An Analysis of the Character of Pseudolus in the Play, Pseudolus by Plautus
Pseudolus is the main character of the play, and, as a slave, represents a low social status in Roman society. He is cunning and is against authority, even his own master. Unlike the lower class characters in Aristophanes' plays, Pseudolus seems to be his own master. He is the star of the play. This is in contrast to the m...