I can't let the last hours of the annus Ovidianus slip away without a few last lingering sips from this two-thousand-year-old vintage which never fails to exhilarate however often one raises the glass.
I want to suggest that the writer of the Corpus Lucanum in the New Testament was at least familiar with the Metamorphoses. Yes; you're right; I'm going mention the pericope at Acts 14: 8-18. Surely, if one met this in profane literature, one would cheerfully analyse it as a witty, even frivolous, inversion of the topos of the Unrecognised Gods as at Metamorphoses VIII: 611-724. An inversion and a frivolity almost worthy of Naso himself.
Indeed so. But I want to pitch the hypothesis more broadly.
Perhaps the theme most central to the Metamorphoses is the stylistic metamorphoses within the work itself*, as it swings gaily from genre to genre pastiching wildly as it goes ... Homer and Ennius and Accius and Vergil and Theocritus and the 'neoterics' and the elegists and Euripides and Lucretius and Callimachus ...
Surely, the writer who composed the first two chapters of the Ad Theophilum I in such a convincing Septuagintal pastiche could, if he had wished, have claimed Naso magister erat.
But S Luke has pressed his lusus into the service of God, rather than drawing his gods into the service of lusus.
*Surely we must, with Tarrant's OCT, emend the last word of I:2.