Women in Ovid’s Metamorphoses

For those who are interesting in doing further research on female characters in the Metamorphoses, here’s a list of secondary sources which might give you a starting point. Some may be tricky to track down; others may be awful (I haven’t read them all!). But reading even one or two of them might prompt some ideas!

I’ve focused here on journal articles rather than books, to give you a better chance of finding them through the OU Library – and because it’s particularly annoying when you read a whole book which turns out not to be relevant to the topic of your essay after all!




Barker, J. L. (2018). The #MeToo Movement and Ovid’s Philomela. Radical Teacher110(1), 65-67.

Barolsky, P. and E. D’Ambra (2009). Pygmalion’s Doll. Arion: A Journal of Humanities and the Classics 17.1, 19-24.

Beek, A. (2017). Reporting an Underreported Crime: Arethusa in the Metamorphoses. Society for Classical Studies, https://classicalstudies.org/annual-meeting/147/abstract/reporting-underreported-crime-arethusa-metamorphoses

Curran, L. C. (1978). Rape and Rape Victims in the “Metamorphoses”. Arethusa11(1), 213.

Dealy, J. (2015). What Could She Say?; The Problem of Female Silence in Ovid’s Metamorphoses, The University of North Carolina at Asheville’s.

Greene, E. (1999). Travesties of Love: Violence and Voyeurism in Ovid” Amores” 1.7. The Classical World92(5), 409-418.

Harries, B. (1990). The spinner and the poet: Arachne in Ovid’s Metamorphoses. The Cambridge Classical Journal36, 64-82.

Heath, J. (1994). Prophetic Horses, Bridled Nymphs: Ovid’s Metamorphosis of Ocyroe. Latomus53(Fasc. 2), 340-353.

Heath, J. (2011). Women’s Work: Female Transmission of Mythical Narrative. In Transactions of the American Philological Association (Vol. 141, No. 1, pp. 69-104). The Johns Hopkins University Press.

Janan, M. (1994). ” There beneath the Roman ruin where the purple flowers grow”: Ovid’s Minyeides and the feminine imagination. The American Journal of Philology115(3), 427-448.

Johnson, P. J. (1996). Constructions of Venus in Ovid’s Metamorphoses V. Arethusa29(1), 125-149.

Keith, A. M. (2009). The Lay of the Land in Ovid’s “Perseid”(Met. 4.610–5.249). Classical World102(3), 259-272.

Marder, E. (1992). Disarticulated Voices: Feminism and Philomela. Hypatia7(2), 148-166.

Oliensis, E. (2004). The power of image-makers: representation and revenge in Ovid Metamorphoses 6 and Tristia 4. Classical Antiquity23(2), 285-321.

Peradotto, J & Sullivan, J. P. (1984). Women in the Ancient World: The Arethusa Papers. State University of New York Press, Albany.

Salzman-Mitchell, P. B. (2005). A web of fantasies: gaze, image, and gender in Ovid’s Metamorphoses. Ohio State University Press.

Salzman-Mitchell, P. (2008). A Whole Out Of Pieces: Pygmalion’s Ivory Statue In Ovid’s Metamorphoses. Arethusa41(2), 291-311.

Segal, C. (1998). Ovid’s Metamorphic Bodies: Art, Gender, and Violence in the” Metamorphoses”. Arion: A Journal of Humanities and the Classics5(3), 9-41.

Sharrock, A. (1991). Womanufacture. The Journal of Roman Studies81, 36-49.

Sharrock, A. (2002). Gender and sexuality. The Cambridge Companion to Ovid2002, 95-107.

Sharrock, A. (2002). An A-musing Tale: Gender, Genre, and Ovid’s Battles with Inspiration in the Metamorphoses. Cultivating the Muse: Struggles for Power and Inspiration in Classical Literature, 207-27.

Vickers, N. J. (1981). Diana described: scattered woman and scattered rhyme. Critical Inquiry8(2), 265-279.

Vincent, M. (1994). Between Ovid and Barthes: “Ekphrasis”, Orality, Textuality in Ovid’s “Arachne”. Arethusa27(3), 361.