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|Title:||Freedom of speech in Virgil and Ovid|
|Citation:||Wordplay and Powerplay in Latin Poetry, 2016 / Mitsis, P., Ziogas, I. (ed./s), Ch., pp.183-198|
|Series/Report no.:||Trends in Classics - Supplementary Volumes; 36|
|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|
|Appears in Collections:||Classics publications|
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