Sex, Satiety, and Slaughter in Female Ira: The Use of Satiare in Ovid’s Metamorphoses Public Deposited

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  • March 21, 2019
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    • Affiliation: College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Classics
  • Throughout the Metamorphoses, Ovid employs the verb satiare programmatically, linking sex, eating, and bloodshed in a web of associations surrounding the goddesses Juno and Diana as they punish mortals. Ovid twists satiare’s poetic etymology from Vergil’s Aeneid, which portrays Juno as insatiable for revenge, employing it instead with reference to Diana to show how the virgin goddess can be satiated with extreme bloodshed. He also foregrounds these goddesses’ sexual motivations to highlight the ironies implicit in Juno’s role as the goddess of marriage and childbirth and in the virginal Diana’s satisfaction in gory revenge. The other appearances of satiare, in reference to Cephalus and Erychsithon, connect these men with the unpredictable female ira that satiare describes in the rest of the poem. The web of unsettling and violent associations between these goddesses and satiare evokes the inherent Greekness of the mythology that Ovid is drawing on.
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  • James, Sharon
  • Rosenmeyer, Patricia
  • O'Hara, James
  • Master of Arts
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  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Graduate School
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  • 2018

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