Posted: February 16th, 2023
Another similarity between “The Creation” from Metamorphoses and other ancient creation stories is its focus on the ordering of the universe instead of its actual physical formation. Ovid does not detail how things come into being but rather focuses on their placement within the newly formed cosmos: for example, Earth resides at the center surrounded by air above it as well as water below it; day follows night; opposite forces such as day/night or heaven/earth are distinguished; all living creatures including humans inhabit one area while gods occupy another region up high in Olympus; etc. This kindling structure brings balance to what was once chaos, often seen in other mythological narratives such as Hesiod’s Theogony where order defeats disorder just like Eros overpowers Chaos here in Metamorphoses.
Overall then “The Creation” from Metamorphoses has many similarities with other ancient stories about ordering out of chaos that can be observed throughout literature across multiple religious traditions. This particular episode sets up some key themes for later books within this epic collection including fate versus free will alongside notions regarding strength through adversity via characters constantly undergoing transformational changes due to their own decisions although sometimes solely due to external forces beyond their control too like those imposed upon them by gods or goddesses they must obey even if they do not want too!
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