Friday 07 Oct: Classics Research Seminar, Medea’s Passion & Divine Causation in Valerius Flaccus

When and Where: From 3.10pm on Friday in Napier LG 9. All are welcome.

Assoc. Prof. Peter Davis (Classics Research Fellow)

Abstract: For readers familiar with the origins of Medea’s love for Jason as described in earlier texts the most surprising element in Valerius Flaccus’ account is his treatment of the gods. This paper addresses four questions. How and why does Valerius’ account of Medea’s falling in love (Bks 6- 7) differ from those of Apollonius of Rhodes (Bk 3) and Ovid (Heroides 12, Metamorphoses 7)? Why does Valerius use divine machinery to bring about Medea’s love for Jason? Why does Valerius put so much emphasis on Medea’s resistance to divine influence? Particular attention will be paid to the ways in which Valerius exploits Iliad 3 and 14, Euripides’ Bacchae, and Aeneid 1 and 4.

After each seminar, tea will be available in the Napier Level 8 staff room.

2016 Classics Research Seminars

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