The description of Pyramus' suicide in the Metamorphoses has been commented on by many scholars. There has been particular criticism of the comparison between the unfortunate lover's wound, squirting out blood, and a burst water-main.
This has been supposed to show yet again how Ovid, in spite of his undoubtedly great talent, is capable of ruining a story by exaggeration. Nevertheless, a medical look at his wording leads to quite a different judgement.
Ovid: The Metamorphoses
Hermes, guided by a bird who is Zeus himself, slews Argus with a stone. Hera then sends a gadfly, which torments lo, and persecutes her through the whole earth, until at length she finds rest on the banks of the Nile where she takes on her human form again and is venerated as the goddess Isis. Egisto Sani By: Egisto Sani. The Myth.
Attic red figured stamnos Height Taken on November 4, Miller's accurate and elegant prose translation for the Loeb Classical Library. But the plan of this work still leaves much to be desired. It does not attempt to reproduce the poetic effect of Ovid's verse or to do more than suggest in the briefest. An unknown error has occurred.
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