Thursday, August 14, 2014

Paris, Helen, Oenone

Our next selection from Ovid's Heroides will be letter 16 - Paris to Helen. I happened across Botticelli's rendering of the Judgment of Paris. One unusual aspect of this work is that the goddesses are clothed. The ancient tale in some versions mentions that the three divinities were so desirous of winning the apple of Eris that they disrobed for the young shepherd.

It will also be interesting to look at Oenone's letter to Paris, Heroides 5. It can be found in Kline's translation, and at Perseus.

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