Spring 4-29-2020

Document Type

Honors Project

First Advisor

Houghtalin, Liane

Second Advisor

Pitts, Angela

Third Advisor

Romero, Joseph

Department Chair or Program Director

Vasey, Craig

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts

Major or Concentration


Department or Program

Classics, Philosophy, and Religion


When considering the love elegy of Ovid, there are multiple cases in which love, beauty, or infatuation with a woman is expressed through visual descriptions of her hair. In the Amoresand Ars Amatoria, these descriptions of hair support a seemingly subjective view of beauty when compared to current hairstyle trends at the time. As a result, this view of feminine beauty suggests that the woman holds the power within the amorous relationship described. However, the nature of the hair description reduces Ovid’s view of feminine beauty to an objective one, revealing a disingenuous view of feminine power and therefore supporting Ovid’s claim to masculine dominance in the relationship.



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