In Metamorphoses I 568-750, Io’s myth appears literary mature es pecially if compared to the previ ous written sources. Despite the transformation in a white cow, Io still remains a human being, with all her typical traits kept intact, so the poet carries on describing her as a woman, even though she is not more. There is a strong tie between Io's description in Ovid’s poem and contemporary paintings. The poet does not only use the reper toire of Greek mythology, but also creates an innovative concept of metamorphosis itself, which draws from Roman imagery.
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