Metamorphoses Part 1 Study Questions:
- Compare the stories of Pentheus in Euripides and Ovid. What are the
similarities and differences? How does Ovid set up this story? What
comes before and after? How is it significant?
- Compare the stories of Actaeon in Euripides' Bacchae and Ovid's
Metamorphoses. What are the similarities and differences? Why
do you think Ovid's version differs slightly?
- Do you see any parallels in the stories of Narcissus, Pentheus, and
Actaeon? What is the significance of gazing in the myths of these three
stories? Are these similar types of looking or not? Why do Actaeon and
Pentheus meet a similar end? Who loses their voices and why? How is
- To what extent do characters in book 3 anger the gods as a result
of their conscious actions? To what extent are their confrontations
with the gods accidental or not their fault? Are the gods actions justified?
Why or why not?