Heroides

Heroides

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by Ovid
     
 

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In the twenty-one poems of the Heroides, Ovid gave voice to the heroines and heroes of epic and myth. These deeply moving literary epistles reveal the happiness and torment of love, as the writers tell of their pain at separation, forgiveness of infidelity or anger at betrayal. The faithful Penelope wonders at the suspiciously long absence of Ulysses, while

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In the twenty-one poems of the Heroides, Ovid gave voice to the heroines and heroes of epic and myth. These deeply moving literary epistles reveal the happiness and torment of love, as the writers tell of their pain at separation, forgiveness of infidelity or anger at betrayal. The faithful Penelope wonders at the suspiciously long absence of Ulysses, while Dido bitterly reproaches Aeneas for too eagerly leaving her bed to follow his destiny, and Sappho—the only historical figure portrayed here—describes her passion for the cruelly rejecting Phaon. In the poetic letters between Paris and Helen the lovers seem oblivious to the tragedy prophesied for them, while in another exchange the youthful Leander asserts his foolhardy eagerness to risk his life to be with his beloved Hero.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780140423556
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
10/28/1990
Series:
Penguin Classics Series
Edition description:
Reissue
Pages:
288
Sales rank:
298,983
Product dimensions:
5.13(w) x 7.79(h) x 0.67(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Ovid (43 BC-AD 17) was born in central Italy. He was sent to Rome where he realised that his talent lay with poetry rather than with politics. His first published work was 'Amores', a collection of short love poems. He was expelled in A.D. 8 by Emperor Augustus for an unknown reason and went to Tomis on the Black Sea, where he died.

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Heroides (Penguin Classics Series) 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ovid's words are truly magical. "Heroides" is like an ancient collection of emails and text messeges from mythology's famous individuals, but it is letters instead. My favorite letters are "Paris to Helen", "Helen to Paris", and "Briseis to Achilles". This book is great for those who like to read ancient works and mythology fanatics. Hopefully more and more people will read this collection because it is not as well known as Ovid's other works such as "Metamorphoses" or "Amores". It really is a gem in a treasury of the many works of Ovid.