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The Ovidian Bedroom (Ars amatoria 2.703–34): The Place of Sex in Ovidian Erotic Elegy and Erotodidactic Verse

Ingleheart, J. (2021) 'The Ovidian Bedroom (Ars amatoria 2.703–34): The Place of Sex in Ovidian Erotic Elegy and Erotodidactic Verse.', TAPA, 151 (2). pp. 295-333.

Abstract

This article constitutes a close reading of the sex scene that closes Ovid, Ars amatoria 2, and an analysis of its contribution to Ovidian first-person erotic elegiac poetry. Lines 703–34 are read comparatively alongside parallel passages, including Amores 3.14 and the end of Ars 3. This study pays particular attention to narrative strategies, erotodidactic instruction, the Latin sexual vocabulary, and wider issues relating to Roman sexuality, including gender dynamics and powerplay. Ultimately, the article argues that this sex scene demonstrates the programmatic and generic importance of sex for Ovid’s first- person erotic elegy and erotodidactic elegies.

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Publisher Web site:https://www.press.jhu.edu/journals/tapa
Publisher statement:Copyright © 2021 The Johns Hopkins University Press. This article first appeared in TAPA, Volume 151, Issue 2, 2021
Date accepted:28 December 2020
Date deposited:24 March 2021
Date of first online publication:22 October 2021
Date first made open access:24 March 2021

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