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Ovid's FastiHistorical Readings at its Bimillennium$
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Geraldine Herbert-Brown

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780198154754

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198154754.001.0001

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Vaga Signa: Orion and Sirius in Ovid's Fasti

Vaga Signa: Orion and Sirius in Ovid's Fasti

(p.47) 3 Vaga Signa: Orion and Sirius in Ovid's Fasti
Ovid's Fasti

Emma Gee

Oxford University Press

This chapter considers the intertextual relationship between Ovid’s didactic poem and Virgil’s Georgics, a relationship which provides a didactic subtext that unites the Robigalia, Orion, and Mars Ultor. The common features in the apparently dissimilar structure, content, and programme of the two passages help to shed light on the way in which misrepresentations of astronomical material function in the immediate context in the Fasti, and on the place of astronomy in the work as a whole.

Keywords:   Robigalia, Sirius, Orion, Mars Ultor, astronomy, Virgil, Georgics, intertextuality

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