Couleur locale у Овидия (две заметки)
The paper considers two cases of Ovid’s playful treatment of features specific for the locations of his narrative. In Ov. Met. 6.673 the piece of Tereus’ armor that is being transformed into hoopoe’s beak is described in a contradictory way: rather as a spear or a prolonged point (praelonga cuspis), while the context more probably implies a sword. I argue that this might allude to some specific form of Thracian armor, in particular with the so-called romphaia, especially if it is correctly identified by the archaeologists. It must be something functioning both as a sword and as a spear, and having a very long thin blade, reminiscent of the form of hoopoe’s beak. In Ov. Met. 7.6 I suggest that purely literary explanations of the epithet limosus applied to the river Phasis (like that of E. Kenney, comparing it to the description of Tiber in Verg. Aen. 7.31) can be supplied by the comparison with that fact that the real river Rioni (corresponding to ancient river Phasis) is indeed muddy. Ovid could get acquainted with this fact from geographical descriptions like Arr. Peripl. 8.5; for instance, he could choose facts from similar descriptions that fitted his allusive intentions in a particular passage. Possibly a similar case can be detected in Ov. Met. 6.400, where cf. Curt. 3.1.3–4 (here a river in Phrygia is described, which means that Ovid could actually visit this place personally during his trip described in Ov. Pont. 2.10.21, but the similarity of the expressions used in two passages still seems noteworthy).