Comparing the Flood and Creation in Ovid's Metamorphoses and Genesis

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       "Where did man come from? Where did time begin? Who, or what, created all things?"  These are questions that mankind has sought to answer from the beginning of existence as it is known today.  Many stories and fables have been told and passed down from generation to generation, yet two have survived the test of time and criticism.  The Biblical account in Genesis,  probably written by Moses around 1500 B.C., and the story of creation and flood in Ovid's Metamorphosis, written somewhere between 8 and 17 A.D., have weathered the criticism and become the most famous.  The Genesis account, however, may be the most prominent of the two…show more content…
        There are a few discrepancies in detail as well.  The water, in Ovid's, "[holds] up, [holds] in the land," while, in Genesis, the land "[separates] the waters from the waters" (549; 1:9).  In Metamorphoses the air, land, light and water (as humans know it) seems to form at one instant when "God, or kindlier Nature, [settles] all"(549).  In Genesis however, light; heaven; land and vegetation; stars, sun and moon; fish; animals and man are created on separate days.         Though these two writings are different in many respects, they are strikingly similar as well.  Both are great and beautiful poems that contiue to stand the test of time.  They are also written for the purpose of explaining or answering some question, whether that be who, what, or how time and existence, as it is known today, came to pass.         Both poems give credit for creation to a supreme being or supernatural beings.  Ovid states that "the gods, who [make] the changes, will help me--or I hope so--with a poem"(548).  Genesis 1:1 states, "In the beginning God [creates] the heavens and the earth."  
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