Peleo nel libro XI delle Metamorfosi di Ovidio
The paper focuses on Peleus as a marker character in narrative diegesis of Ovid’s Metamorphoses, i.e. a character who shifts the narrative action in the plot of the poem. This function is extensively articulated in Book 11 where Ovid creates a narrative interstice, that of Peleus in exile at the court of Ceyx at Trachis (met. 11. 266-409). Peleus and Ceyx’s episode is compiled by Ovid in the form of the dramaturgical episode which includes four characters acting and interacting (Peleus, Ceyx, Onetor, Alcyone). Ovidian reinvention of the 'facts of Peleus', a mythological subject of consistent poetic background, exemplifies the narrative organisation of the innovative epic of the Metamorphoses, and reveals some aspects of Ovid’s literary self-consciousness.
Keywords: Ovid • Peleus • Dramaturgy • Metamorphoses • Narratology