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Les Métamorphoses d'Ovide: un texte à danser dans l'Antiquité?

Abstract : Two well known passages from Ovid's Tristia (5,7,v. 25-27 and 2, 519-520) give us to understand that some of the poet's works were danced in theaters and admired by August, although paradoxically he wouldn't have composed "anything" for theater. The two passages don't contradict each other. A precise study of the aesthetic choices that prevailed in the composition and performance of pantomime ballets as early as during the reign of August, followed by a precise listing of Ovid's mythological stories attested as pantomime topics by other texts, shows that Ovid's Metamorphosis could be used as pantomime librettos or as bases for these librettos. Ovid did not intend his stories to be used for this form of performance. The succes of his work overtook him when he was exiled and couldn't intervene in Rome
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Marie-Hélène Garelli. Les Métamorphoses d'Ovide: un texte à danser dans l'Antiquité?. Caesarodunum, Paris: Societe d'Edition "Les Belles Lettres", 2013, Présence de la Danse dans l'Antiquité-Présence de l'Antiquité dans la Danse (XLII-XLIII biss), p. 93-118. ⟨hal-00918458⟩



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