Date of Award


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College of Liberal Arts

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First Advisor

Caroline Perkins

Second Advisor

E. Del Chrol


This thesis examines how body parts in Ovid’s Amores provide the location for an epic battle between the conflicting genres of Tragedy and Elegy. The first chapter summarizes past Ovidian scholarship. The second chapter examines how Ovid separates body parts of the amator and the puella in Amores 1.4 and 1.5 in order to deny the lovers complete unification. The third chapter expands the conclusion of the second by analyzing poems in Books 2 and 3, which contain a significant number of body parts, to determine how the amator’s interaction with the puella’s body parts reflects his lack of union with her in public and private spheres. The fourth chapter rereads the puella’s body parts, and the amator’s relationship with them, with a view to establish the puella as either Tragedy or Elegy and to theorize how the amator’s relationship with the puella symbolizes the poeta’s relationship with his poetry.


Ovid, 43 B.C.-17 or 18 A.D. - Criticism and interpretation.

Ovid, 43 B.C.-17 or 18 A.D. Amores.

Elegiac poetry.