Reading Ovid: Stories from the Metamorphoses / Edition 1

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Reading Ovid presents a selection of stories from Ovid's Metamorphoses, the most famous and influential collection of Greek and Roman myths in the world. It includes well-known stories like Daedalus and Icarus, Pygmalion, Narcissus and King Midas. The book is designed for those who have completed an introductory course in Latin and aims to help such users to enjoy the story-telling, character-drawing and language of one of the world's most delightful and influential poets. The text is accompanied by full vocabulary, grammar and notes, with assistance based on two widely used beginners' courses, Reading Latin and Wheelock's Latin. Essays at the end of each passage are designed to point up important detail and to show how the logic of each story unfolds, while study sections offer ways of thinking further about the passage. No other intermediate text is so carefully designed to make reading Ovid a pleasure.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521613323
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 9/1/2007
  • Series: Cambridge Intermediate Latin Readers Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 282
  • Sales rank: 1,329,232
  • Product dimensions: 6.85 (w) x 9.72 (h) x 0.71 (d)

Meet the Author

Peter Jones is well known as an author, journalist, lecturer and publiciser of classics. He is the founding President of Friends of Classics and regularly contributes columns, reviews and features on classical topics in the national media in the UK. His books include Learn Latin (1998), An Intelligent Person's Guide to Classics (2002) and (with Keith Sidwell) Reading Latin (1986).
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Table of Contents

List of illustrations     vii
List of maps     viii
Preface     ix
List of abbreviations     x
Introduction     1
Metamorphoses and this selection     1
Ovid's life     2
Some features of this selection     5
Ovid's gods     7
Women and woods     7
Amor and rape in Ovid     8
Ovid and epic     10
Irony and paradox     11
Style     12
Some assessments     13
After-life     15
Glossary of technical literary terms     17
Notes for the reader     19
Translating Ovid     22
Metre     23
Suggestions for further reading     27
Maps     29
Deucalion and Pyrrha, Metamorphoses 1.348-415     33
Cupid, Apollo and Daphne, Metamorphoses 1.452-567     45
Io (and Syrinx), Metamorphoses 1.583-746     61
Phaethon, Metamorphoses 2.150-216, 227-38, 260-71, 301-39     77
Diana and Actaeon, Metamorphoses 3.138-252     91
Juno and Semele, Metamorphoses 3.253-315     102
Tiresias, Metamorphoses 3.316-38     109
Echo and Narcissus, Metamorphoses 3.339-510     113
Pyramus and Thisbe, Metamorphoses 4.55-166     130
Arethusa, Metamorphoses 5.572-641     142
Minerva and Arachne, Metamorphoses 6.1-145     149
Cephalus and Procris, Metamorphoses 7.694-756, 796-862     162
Minos, Ariadne, Daedalus and Icarus, Metamorphoses 8.152-235     175
Baucis and Philemon, Metamorphoses 8.626-724     185
Byblis, Metamorphoses 9.517-665     196
Orpheus, Metamorphoses 10.8-63, 11.1-66     210
Pygmalion, Metamorphoses 10.243-97     222
Venus and Adonis, Metamorphoses 10.519-739     228
Midas, Metamorphoses 11.100-45     250
Total learning vocabulary     255
Grammar index     271
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