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Type: Book chapter
Title: Freedom of speech in Virgil and Ovid
Author: Davis, P.
Citation: Wordplay and Powerplay in Latin Poetry, 2016 / Mitsis, P., Ziogas, I. (ed./s), Ch.[10], pp.183-198
Publisher: Walter De Gruyter
Publisher Place: Berlin
Issue Date: 2016
Series/Report no.: Trends in Classics - Supplementary Volumes; 36
ISBN: 9783110472523
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Peter J. Davis
Abstract: This paper reflects on the changing nature of free speech in the Augu- stan period through an examination of episodes in its two most important epics. It focuses primarily on the council of the Latins in Aeneid 11 and a sequence of stories in Metamorphoses 2 and 3 in which outspokenness is punished. It is par- ticularly striking that while Virgil’s Drances can demand freedom of speech in a public context, freedom of speech in Metamorphoses exists only in private. This reflects, I suggest, the altered political circumstances between the 20 s BCE and the first decade CE.
Keywords: Freedom of speech; Virgil; Aeneid; Ovid; Metamorphoses; Drances
Rights: © 2016 Walter de Gruyter GmbH, Berlin/Boston
RMID: 0030053412
DOI: 10.1515/9783110475876-010
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