Ekphrasis and the Theme of Artistic Failure in Ovid's Metamorphoses

  title={Ekphrasis and the Theme of Artistic Failure in Ovid's Metamorphoses},
  author={Eleanor Winsor Leach},
  pages={102 - 142}
  • E. Leach
  • Published 1 January 1974
  • Art
  • Ramus
In his review of the first edition of Brooks Otis's Ovid as an Epic Poet, William Anderson challenges the notion that structural symmetry is the principle that governs Ovid's narrative design. To propose an alternative view of Ovidian aesthetics, he takes for his example the weaving contest of Arachne and Minerva in Book 6. Minerva's tapestry which depicts her own victory in the contest for the naming of Athens is arranged in a completely symmetrical design. The judging gods stand six on either… 

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