By what authorial persona are Metamorphoses narrated?

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Most of the Metamorphoses is narrated by a masculine authorial persona who it is assumed to be Ovid, but it has several internal narrators (about forty) including fourteen female characters. Some of them can be encountered in the first six books – the subject of analysis in this essay-, for example, the daughters of Minyas. These women -despite remaining at home weaving instead join the Bacchic revel- tell stories, reclaiming according to Salzman-Mitchell their freedom of speech, their tales are ‘not only a concrete act of seeing but also a way of...
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