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Ovid's Metamorphoses, Books 6-10 / Edition 1

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Overview

Ovid is a poet to enjoy, declares William S. Anderson in his introduction to this textbook. And Anderson’s skillful introduction and enlightening textual commentary will indeed make it a joy to use.

In these books Ovid begins to leave the conflict between men and the gods to concentrate on the relations among human beings. Subjects of the stories include Arachne and Niobe; Tereus, Procne, and Philomela; Medea and Jason; Orpheus and Eurydice; and many others, familiar and unfamiliar. For students of Latin-and teachers, too-they provide an interesting experience.

In his introduction the editor discusses Ovid’s career, the reputation of the Metamorphoses during Ovid’s time and after, and the various manuscripts that exist or have been known to exist. He describes the general plan of the poem, its main theme, and the problem of its tone. Technical matters, such as style and meter, are also considered. In notes the editor summarizes the story being told before proceeding to the line-by-line textual comments.

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The Latin text of the poem's first five books including commentary and an introduction highlighting the central themes in Ovid's work which extends in time from the creation of the world to the death of Julius Caesar. The first five books are concerned with the relationship between gods and humans, featuring the stories of Apollo and Daphne, Diana and Actaeon, and Narcissus and Echo. Walter's introduction and notes provide background information about Ovid's life and work, the reception of the "Metamorphoses" during his day, and outlines central issues. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780806114569
  • Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press
  • Publication date: 1/28/1972
  • Series: American Philological Association Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 540
  • Sales rank: 1,251,230
  • Product dimensions: 4.70 (w) x 7.50 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author


William S. Anderson is Professor of Classics at the University of California, Berkeley. He is also the editor of Ovid's Metamorphoses: Books 6-12 and Ovid's: The Classical Heritage.
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