The Poetics of Legalism: Ovid and Claudian on the Rape of Proserpina

  title={The Poetics of Legalism: Ovid and Claudian on the Rape of Proserpina},
  author={Brandon Jones},
  pages={104 - 71}
  • B. Jones
  • Published 17 August 2019
  • History
  • Arethusa
Abstract:In his versions of the rape of Proserpina, Ovid appeals to his contemporary reader by poetically playing with the rhetoric and law of the Augustan age—a practice defined as a “poetics of legalism” in this article. In his late antique epic, Claudian follows an Ovidian model, continuing the legalistic treatment of the myth and submitting his characters to Constantinian raptus marriage legislation that would resonate with his contemporary reader. The continuity of a poetics of legalism… 


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