Sunday, December 18, 2005
Although possibly a personification here, Mors is listed as a goddess in Cicero, On the Nature of the Gods 3.44. Nisbet and Hubbard in their commentary on Horace's Odes cite further parallels:
- Ovid, Heroides 21.46: Persephone nostras pulsat acerba fores (grim Persephone knocks at my door).
- Callimachus, Hymns 2.3: τὰ θύρετρα καλῷ ποδὶ Φοῖβος ἀράσσει (Phoebus knocks at the doors with comely foot).
Dennis Mangan (also via email) draws my attention to Sto ad osium at the blog Compostela, where the myth of Philemon and Baucis is mentioned in this connection. The gods do visit an elderly couple and enter beneath their roof in that myth, but there is no knocking at the door, at least in Ovid's treatment of the tale. Compostela's post is well worth reading, though.