n Acta Classica : Proceedings of the Classical Association of South Africa - : Ovid's poetics of irony and reflections of Lucretius and Pythagoras in the

Volume 54, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0065-1141
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Clues in Ovid's work anticipate a certain kind of reading, even imply warnings against credulousness and metaphysical earnestness, and are perhaps well applied to our reading of him. Such clues in the parables of failure to recognise and misreadings of signs and the handling of philosophical material in the are notably available in the Theban episodes and Pythagoras' speech. Ovid's irony is the effect of the poet's conception of the ambiguous status of appearances. Ovid tests and plays with the relationship between and and that of discourse and imagination to philosophical truth in the , where knowing is set against innocence, rather than truth against untruth. Ovid's 'empty discourses' parody philosophy in using its topics while seeking no transformation in the audience, which was the aim of the properly philosophical discourse in Antiquity.

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