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A Pentameter Acrostic in Ovid's Ibis

Keyne Cheshire

Davidson College

Verbal play in Ovid's Ibis (521-530) includes a near-symmetrical arrangement of repeated words, plus an acrostic (S-I-C-T-E) in the pentameter lines that answers the anaphora (utque) of the hexameters. This talk invites discussion of the acrostic’s "cue" words, its significance for the passage's theme (poets' deaths), and its place in the landscape of acrostics in antiquity.

Session/Panel Title

Lightning Session 1: History and Literature

Session/Paper Number

19.4

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