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Ovid's Metamorphoses

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Since its first publication in 1567, Arthur Golding's translation of Ovid has had an enormous influence on English literature and poetry. This is the translation that Shakespeare knew, read, and borrowed from. Golding's witty and beautiful verse continues to delight today's readers. This volume promises to be a valuable resource for students and teachers of Ovid and Shakespeare indeed, for anyone interested in the foundations of English literature.

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Overview

Since its first publication in 1567, Arthur Golding's translation of Ovid has had an enormous influence on English literature and poetry. This is the translation that Shakespeare knew, read, and borrowed from. Golding's witty and beautiful verse continues to delight today's readers. This volume promises to be a valuable resource for students and teachers of Ovid and Shakespeare indeed, for anyone interested in the foundations of English literature.

"It is a tour de force of translation, and it deserves, more than 400 years after its composition, to be read." —Rain Taxi Review of Books

"This 1567 translation of Ovid's Metamorphoses . . . is tough, surprising, and lovely . . . To read it is to understand the Renaissance view of the classical world, storytelling and also Shakespeare's language and worldview." —A.S.Byatt

From the Introduction by John Frederick Nims:

"[Golding's translation] was the English Ovid from the time of publication in 1567 until about a decade after the death of Shakespeare in 1616. The Ovid, that is, for all who read him in English during the greatest period of our literature. And its racy verve, its quirks and oddities, its rugged English gusto, is still more enjoyable, more plain fun to read, than any other Metamorphoses in English."

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New publisher Paul Dry is starting out strong with this reprint of the 1965 volume edited by John Frederick Nims that is based on Arthur Golding's famous 1567 translation of Ovid's poetry. Golding's has been the favorite of writers and scholars the world over, including Shakespeare, who was a huge fan of his edition of Ovid. This version contains a new essay on Shakespeare and Ovid by scholar Jonathan Bate as well as notes and a glossary. Absolutely essential for academic collections, it will be an important addition to large public libraries as well. Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.\
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780966491319
  • Publisher: Dry, Paul Books, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/1/2000
  • Edition description: 1ST PAUL D
  • Pages: 460
  • Sales rank: 997,122
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.50 (d)

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From the Introduction by John Frederick Nims

"[Golding's translation] was the English Ovid from the time of publication in 1567 until about a decade after the death of Shakespeare in 1616. The Ovid, that is, for all who read him in English during the greatest period of our literature. And its racy verve, its quirks and oddities, its rugged English gusto, is still more enjoyable, more plain fun to read, than any other Metamorphoses in English."

From Jonathan Bate's Essay "Ovid was Shakespeare's favorite classical poet. Both are writers who probe our humanity with great rigor, but ultimately do so in a spirit of sympathy for our frailties and indulgences. Ovid's world shuttles between human passions and natural phenomena. Shakespeare, with the assistance of Arthur Golding, carried the magic of that world into the medium of theatre."

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Table of Contents

Conteents

Acknowledgments vii

Introduction: Ovid, Golding, and the Craft of Poetry xiii

The Text xxxvii

Shakespeare's Ovid by Jonathan Bate xli

Book I

The Creation. The Four Ages. The Flood. Deucalion and Pyrrha. Apollo and Daphne. Jove and Jo. Pan and Syrinx.

Book II

Phaethon. Jove and Callisto. Coronis and Apollo. Ocyrhoe.

Mercury and Battus. Mercury and Herse. Aglauros. Jove and Europa.

Book III

Cadmus. Actaeon. Jove and Semele. Echo and Narcissus.

Pentheus and Bacchus.

Book IV

Pyramus and Thisbe. Mars and Venus. Apollo, Leucothoe, and Clytie. Salmacis and Hermaphroditus. Athamas and Ino.

Perseus and Andromeda.

Book V

Perseus and Phineus. Pallas, the Muses, and the Pierides.

Proserpina and Ceres. Arethusa.

Book VI

Arachne. Niobe. Marsyas. Tereus, Procne, and Philomela.

Boreas and Orithyia.

Book VII

Jason and Medea. The Myrmidons. Gephalus and Procris.

Book VIII

Minos and Scylla. Daedalus and Icarus. The Boar of Calydon.

Meleager and Althaea. Philemon and Baucis Erysichthon.

Book IX

Achelous and Hercules. Hercules. Dejanira, and Nessus.

Alcmena. Dryope. Byblis and Caunus. Iphis and Ianthe

Book X

Orpheus and Eurydice. Hyacinth. Pygmalion. Myrrha and Cinyras. Venus and Adonis. Atalanta.

Book XI

Orpheus and the Thracian Women. Midas. Peleus and Thetis.

Daedalion. Ceyx and Alcyone.

The Trojan War. Cygnet. Caenis-Caeneus. The Centaurs and the Lapithae. The Death of Achilles.

Book XII

The Contention of Ajax and Ulysses. The Fall of Troy. Polyxena Polydorus, and Hecuba, Memnon. Aeneas. Acis, Galatea, and Polyphemus. Claucus and Scylla.

Book XIV

Glaucus and Scylla. The Cumaean Sibyl. Achaemenides and Polyphemus. Circe.

Canens and Picus. Aeneas in Italy. Vertumnus and Pomona. Iphis and Anaxarete. The Beginnings of Rome.

Book XV

Numa. Pythagoras. Hippolytus. Cipus. Aesculapius. Julius Caesar.

The Epistle

The Preface to the Reader

Textual Notes

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