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The Metamorphoses

The Metamorphoses

  

by Ovid

 Table of Contents

Water

Symbolism, Imagery, Allegory

Water is a recurrent image in Ovid's poem because it is constantly changing; in this way, water illustrates what Ovid sees as the fundamental truth about the cosmos: that it is constantly changing. One clear way in which water symbolizes change can be seen in the gods and goddesses associated with water. Water-gods – whether connected with the sea or with rivers – are typically described as shape-shifters. For an example of this, check out how Peleus met his wife, Thetis, in Book 11.

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