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"Ziogas' enthusiasm for the visibility and depth of the Hesiodic influence on Ovid's work is overall justified, his book is extremely well-researched, his arguments are convincing and lucidly argued, and in addition to the main lines of his argument, he offers a multitude of inventive and stimulating readings of various Ovidian passages against their intertexts, both Hesiodic and numerous others, archaic and Hellenistic."
  
Sophia Papaioannou in Mnemosyne. 


"Both Ovidian and Hesiodic scholars as well as those interested in ancient genre and the Latin reception of Greek poetry will find many valuable readings in this study, and food for thought in its broader proposals."

Patricia Johnson, Classical Journal 2014.12.04


"Ziogas' book is a considerable success, and forms a significant contribution to an area of research which shows no sign of exhaustion. This volume will serve as an indispensable reference point for the future study of Hesiod and Ovid."

Stella Alekou, Classical Review

"Ziogas' Ovid and Hesiod is not only an important contribution to Ovid's Metamorphoses, but also restores the Hesiodic Catalogue of Women to its rightful position in literary history."
Martina Hirschberger, Bryn Mawr Classical Review

"... a subtle and stimulating analysis of Ovid's reception of Hesiod ... attentively redacted and expertly fashioned. ... The quality of the volume is unquestionably high; it will certainly stimulate further work and I recommend it to classicists. ... a considerable success, [which] forms a significant contribution to an area of research which shows no sign of exhaustion. ... an indispensable reference point for the future study of Hesiod and Ovid."
Stella Alekou, The Classical Review

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Argues that a profound engagement with Hesiod is central to Ovid's poetic world. An important contribution to the study of Ovid and the wider poetry of the Augustan age and an excellent case study in how the reception of previous traditions can become the driving force of poetic creation.
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Read my words, friend, so that you may know who I was and who I am. I was born right at the moment when the name of the fifth month is usurped by the dead tyrant. Thessaloniki, a city rich in cool bars and Roman ruins, is where I was born and raised. There first I saw the eternal light of Greek and Latin poetry shining upon the eager eyes of a young boy.

Delight and pleasure have always been more powerful incentives than money and profit. Often my father took me aside and admonished me: "Why do you try a profitless pursuit? Don't you see all these starving Classicists? Go to Business School or at least be an Engineer!" But the Muses of poetry are more seductive than the Sirens of accounting.

As the silent-pacing years slipped by I moved from Thessaloniki to Ithaca, New York. A polar demon was breathing his frozen curse over Upstate New York, while the rigors of Cornell's PhD program curbed and fashioned my shapeless and unruly ideas. By the end of my American Odyssey, Ithaca was home, not exile.

Looking for a job at the dawn of the global financial crisis was what was expecting me after I left the nourishing bosom of my alma mater. As the US was sinking deeper and deeper into recession and Greece was groaning in the iron grip of a relentless austerity, I was blessed and lucky to find a sunny oasis in Australia. Having traveled through many peoples and many seas, I am writing to you now, friend, from my room at the Australian National University, where I happily teach and study the literature for whose sake I have reached the edges of the world.





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