CC 303 Exam 4 Essay

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Thesis: The goal of Ovid's version is much more focused on the point of satirizing Apollo and humanizing him, portraying him as a fawning fool rather than a mighty deity; this is an interesting and unusual juxtaposition to the writing of Parthenius, which much better reflects the general writing style of Greek authors at the time focusing on the male characters and giving hard facts rather than satirizing characters
Parthenius
Focus of his version is Leucippus who falls in love with Daphne (she's like Artemis, running around and hunting stuff) and ultimately Apollo is super in love with Daphne so he has Leucippus exposed as a man, which gets him killed, and then Apollo goes after her
In a dry sense, to escape him, she prays to Zeus to get free and escape humanity, so she is turned into a tree
Ovid
Apollo's character
When you read this, Apollo doesn't come across as fearful; he is a fawning lover who is grabbing a laurel tree and kissing it in the end
In this version, even after she gets a metamorphosis, he's still enamored with her
Causes Daphne to not want to be around him
The greater warrior is the lover, and Ovid conquers Augustus by humanizing him into a fawning little fool because that's what love does
Ovid's way of proving "I'm superior to you, Apollo"
Some of this is written just for entertainment; some of it is to humanize a god
Augustus Caesar
Caesar is pissed because he's trying to revolve Roman tradition and revive temples to Apollo and gods
Ovid's shit really strikes a chord with Caesar
Ultimately, Ovid proves his superiority to gods in the sense that he has control over them in the written word and he somewhat immortalizes himself or at least brings himself to their level through his works which last throughout time
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