Each report should describe the ways in which the episode
conforms to the genre of epic. That is, what would
you say if someone were to ask what is so "epic"
about your portion of the Metamorphoses?
are some approaches to help you answer that question.
- Themes. How
does the episode repeat themes or larger issues from other
epics? (Anger, for instance.)
- Scenes. Have
scenes or details from your episode been done before?
- Programs. Does
your episode respond to the cultural or literary issues
underlying other epics? (For example, Callimachus'
polemical stance on epic.)
- Techniques. Does
your scene feature internal narration or ekphrasis or similes
any of the "tools" of epic storytelling?
ultimate question for your episode is: Does it
say the things that epic says, do what epic does, mean what
epic means? Be prepared to cite (and read aloud)
passages from other authors, where appropriate.
said, you should be prepared to note where Ovid departs from
the rules of epic, where he seems to be innovating within
the genre or changing the traditions handed down by earlier