Metamorphoses

Metamorphoses

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by Ovid
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0714543314

ISBN-13: 9780714543314

Pub. Date: 04/01/2010

Publisher: Oneworld Classics

One of the greatest and most influential texts of antiquity, the Metamorphoses is universally regarded as Ovid’s highest poetical achievement. Divided into 15 books dealing with the creation of the world, earth, its phenomena, and a host of Greek myths and legends, Ovid’s book has ingrained itself into the collective mind of Western culture,

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One of the greatest and most influential texts of antiquity, the Metamorphoses is universally regarded as Ovid’s highest poetical achievement. Divided into 15 books dealing with the creation of the world, earth, its phenomena, and a host of Greek myths and legends, Ovid’s book has ingrained itself into the collective mind of Western culture, sparking an infinite number of imitations and spin-off works to the present day. Rolfe Humphries’s faithful blank-verse translation of the original’s hexameters shows a definite kinship for Ovid’s swift and colloquial language, and a poetical manner in tune with the wit and sophistication of the Roman poet. Through Humphries’s version, the modern reader will be able to rediscover a major treasury of classical mythology which has perennially stimulated the imagination.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780714543314
Publisher:
Oneworld Classics
Publication date:
04/01/2010
Pages:
416
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 7.70(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Introductionix
Acknowledgmentsxxv
A Note on this Translation3
Book IThe Shaping of Changes13
Book IIOf Mortal Children and Immortal Lusts49
Book IIIThe Wrath of Juno89
Book IVSpinning Yarns and Weaving Tales121
Book VContests of Arms and Song157
Book VIOf Praise and Punishment187
Book VIIOf the Ties That Bind221
Book VIIIImpious Acts and Exemplary Lives261
Book IXDesire, Deceit, and Difficult Deliveries301
Book XThe Songs of Orpheus339
Book XIRome Begins at Troy367
Book XIIAround and About the Iliad405
Book XIIISpoils of War and Pangs of Love435
Book XIVAround and about with Aeneas479
Book XVProphetic Acts and Visionary Dreams519
Notes555
Persons, Places, and Personifications in the Metamorphoses577

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Metamorphoses 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A friend recommended this book and though the stories are sad they are also short. I do not enjoy them as before-sleeping reading. The notes at the end of the book are good because they explain where Ovid takes liberties and is creative.
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