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Humanities LibreTexts 2.22 3.729–33

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    non citius frondes autumni frigore tactas
    iamque male haerentes alta rapit arbore ventus,                                 730
    quam sunt membra viri manibus direpta nefandis.
    talibus exemplis monitae nova sacra frequentant
    turaque dant sanctasque colunt Ismenides aras.

    Study Questions

    • Parse citius (729).
    • What are the subject and the verb of the sentence starting with non citius... (729–30)?
    • What kind of ablative is alta … arbore (730)?
    • What kind of ablative is manibus … nefandis (731)?
    • What is the subject of the sentence starting with talibus exemplis... (732–33)?

    Stylistic Appreciation

    Assess the explanatory value and the appropriateness of the simile Ovid uses to illustrate Pentheus’ dismemberment.

    Discussion Points

    Why does Ovid turn the doom of Pentheus into an exemplum that stimulates religious worship — despite the fact that he stated earlier that the Theban king was the only one in Thebes who refused to honour Bacchus with cultic veneration? (Note that Ovid specifies the Theban women as the ones taught Bacchus’ lesson.) What do you make of a religion/ divinity who practises this sort of didacticism? Are there hints in the text that Ovid disapproves of Pentheus’ punishment?

    autumnus, -i, m. autumn
    frigor, -oris, m. cold
    tango, -ere, tetigi, tactum to touch, take hold of
    diripio, -ere, -pui, direptum to tear asunder/ in pieces, lay waste
    moneo, -ere, -ui, monitum to remind; to admonish, advice, warn;
    to instruct, teach
    tus, turis, n. incense, frankincense
    Ismenis, -idis, f. a Theban woman [from Ismenus, a river of Boeotia near Thebes] 2.22 3.729–33 is shared under a CC BY-NC-SA license and was authored, remixed, and/or curated by LibreTexts.

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