Echo’s Bones and the Metamorphoses of the Voice

in Greek and Roman Musical Studies
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Abstract

This article concentrates on the description of the demise of Echo in the Ovidian narrative of Echo and Narcissus in Metamorphoses 3. I argue that a pun in the line vox tantum atque ossa supersunt (3.398) encapsulates the problem at the heart of the myth: rather than being a reflection on the origins of the echo and the delusion of the senses, the myth of Echo is a meditation on the nature of the voice.

Echo’s Bones and the Metamorphoses of the Voice

in Greek and Roman Musical Studies

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