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Il mito di Pigmalione – Una riflessione sulla creatività artistica e letteraria nella poesia epica in lingua latina

ABSTRACT. This paper treats of the story of Pygmalion’s love for his statue from Ovid’s version, one of the best-known myths of the classical antiquity. In Metamorphoses X, 243-297, Ovid makes a brilliant reflection about the artistic and literary creativity. Pygmalion, a devotee sculptor of Venus, despises the women and he falls in love with the statue that he made, representing an idealized female image. He is the artifex par excellence: the sculptor, refusing the reality, prefers to realize one analogous and shapes the ivory with admirable and extraordinary art that can reach the aesthetical perfection. The Pygmalion’s art overcomes the reality about beauty and changes, in such way, the very idea of ancient art: the myth becomes allegory of the ability of the art sublimation and, to the meantime, with subtle self-referential implication inside Ovidian verse, of the literary poetic creativity.

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The intertextuality in Latin epic poetry

ABSTRACT. This paper analyzes the use of digital resources in the Latin poetry study. The first part will examine the explanation of intertextuality applied in the studies of Latin epic poems, with a specific reading of the epic De Raptu Proserpinae of Claudius Claudianus (c. 370 – c. 404 AD). In the second section, I propose an example of the use of informatic tools for the research of the intertextual literary links between De Raptu Proserpinae and Achilleid of Publius Papinius Statius (1st century AD). The conclusions reflect on the new technologies that today can potentially facilitate the process of codification and representation of the sources of the ancient classical literature.

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