Pub. Date: 09/15/2010
Publisher: Hackett Publishing Company, Inc.
Ovid's Metamorphoses gains its ideal twenty-first-century herald in Stanley Lombardo's bracing translation of a wellspring of Western art and literature that is too often treated, even by poets, as a mere vehicle for the scores of myths it recasts and transmits rather than as a unified work of art with epic-scale ambitions of its own. Such/i>
Ovid's Metamorphoses gains its ideal twenty-first-century herald in Stanley Lombardo's bracing translation of a wellspring of Western art and literature that is too often treated, even by poets, as a mere vehicle for the scores of myths it recasts and transmits rather than as a unified work of art with epic-scale ambitions of its own. Such misconceptions are unlikely to survive a reading of Lombardo's rendering, which vividly mirrors the brutality, sadness, comedy, irony, tenderness, and eeriness of Ovid's vast world as well as the poem’s effortless pacing. Under Lombardo's spell, neither Argus nor anyone else need fear nodding off.
The translation is accompanied by an exhilarating Introduction by W. R. Johnson that unweaves and reweaves many of the poem’s most important themes while showing how the poet achieves some of his most brilliant effects.
An analytical table of contents, a catalog of transformations, and a glossary are also included.
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Table of Contents
|A Note on this Translation||3|
|Book I||The Shaping of Changes||13|
|Book II||Of Mortal Children and Immortal Lusts||49|
|Book III||The Wrath of Juno||89|
|Book IV||Spinning Yarns and Weaving Tales||121|
|Book V||Contests of Arms and Song||157|
|Book VI||Of Praise and Punishment||187|
|Book VII||Of the Ties That Bind||221|
|Book VIII||Impious Acts and Exemplary Lives||261|
|Book IX||Desire, Deceit, and Difficult Deliveries||301|
|Book X||The Songs of Orpheus||339|
|Book XI||Rome Begins at Troy||367|
|Book XII||Around and About the Iliad||405|
|Book XIII||Spoils of War and Pangs of Love||435|
|Book XIV||Around and about with Aeneas||479|
|Book XV||Prophetic Acts and Visionary Dreams||519|
|Persons, Places, and Personifications in the Metamorphoses||577|
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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.