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Gendered Grief: The Rhetoric of Ritual Lamentation in Heroides X

by Magnani, Gabriella

Creator
  • Magnani, Gabriella
Date Created
2018-05-03T17:54:04.301740
Date Issued
2018-05
Place
Colorado Springs, Colorado
Languages
  • English
  • Greek
  • Latin
Subject
Topic
Genre
  • thesis
Abstract

My purpose in this paper is to consider Heroides X in the context of funeral elegy and lamentation ritual in the ancient world. Ovid’s epistle, written in Ariadne’s voice, transports us to the moment of her desertion on Naxos. Through Ariadne’s telling of her own experience, Ovid both invites a sincere empathetic response and plays an intellectual game involving genre. Heroides X functions both as an erotic love poem and as a funerary lament by Ariadne for her own death, the latter of which is apparent through Ovid’s knowing use of gendered conventions of mourning. Focusing on this under-explored aspect reveals a further dimension of rhetorical intricacy to the text, allowing the elegiac form, Ariadne’s experience and description of her abandonment, the emphasized contrast between untroubled past and miserable present, and Ariadne’s shifting between inertia and hysteria to be understood as informed by Greco-Roman lamentation rituals.

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The author has given permission for this work to be deposited in the Digital Archive of Colorado College.

Colorado College Honor Code upheld.

Copyright
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Publisher
Colorado College Tutt Library
PID
coccc:30049
Digital Origin
born digital
Extent
31 pages
Thesis
Senior Thesis -- Colorado College
Thesis Advisor
Richard Fernando Buxton
Department/Program
Classics
Degree Name
Bachelor of Arts
Degree Type
bachelor
Degree Grantor
Colorado College Tutt Library
Date Issued
2018-05