A Roman View of Penelope
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In the "Odyssey", Penelope is portrayed as an ideal of aristocratic Greek womanhood. She exemplifies the feminine virtues of hospitality, faithfulness, prudence, and above all weaving, the symbol of chaste, virtuous conduct in women in Greece as much as it was in Rome. The paper examines the way Penelope's character is portrayed by the Roman writer Ovid as opposed to the original Greek written by Homer. The paper claims that Ovid's depiction of Penelope was the exact opposite of the character described by Homer. The paper then examines the reasons for this Roman point of view.
Sample of Sources Used:
- Marrou, Henri-Irenee. A History of Education in Antiquity. George Lamb, trans. New York: Sheed and Ward, 1956. 25 Apr. 2008 <http://books.google.com/books?id=wv6kSdSFTgMC&printsec=frontcover&sig=xw5IKGFqpYWuvJYrmE0eiYrf1Bk#PPR5,M1>.
- Ovid. Heroides. Trans. A. S. Kline. 2001. 25 Apr. 2008 <http://www.tonykline.co.uk/PITBR/Latin/Heroides1-7.htm
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