Metamorphoses (Volume 1)

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  • ISBN-13: 9781151741714
  • Publisher: General Books LLC
  • Publication date: 1/28/2010
  • Pages: 206
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.47 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 24, 2006

    Incredibly accessible translation

    I have trouble with the 'endless poem' format used in so many classic translations. This is much much better. Miller's prose is FANTASTIC. I found myself going back over the text numerous times from being so impressed. Not to mention the timeless beauty of Ovid's mythology.

    9 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 27, 2009

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    No Happy Endings.

    Publius Ovidius Naso was born in 43 B.C and died in 18 A.D.
    He was banished for unknown reasons to Tomi, a barren place near the coast of the Black Sea. A few scholars believe that this was a literary hoax created by Ovid himself. It would enable him to write the 'Tristia' and 'Letters From The Black Sea'.
    'Metamorphoses' is his main achievement. It contains 250 stories from the Greek Mythology and they all have in common that the principal character changes into another form. Most of the time they turn into an animal or a tree but also in a river, a constellation of stars, a rock or a flower and other pleasant surprises.

    If you read this book you won't find many happy endings. The ancient Greeks didn't know the meaning of that expression.
    It's not an easy read but if you persist it will be a rewarding literary experience.

    6 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 3, 2008

    Amazing translation.

    One of the most beautiful pieces of literature ever written, in my opinion. This translation was perfect, fluid, and what I believe to be easy for all to fall in love with.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 16, 2012

    A great read!

    I highly recommend this book. It's a great way to experience a large compilation of stories about the greek gods. It is extremely entertaining, even if you're just reading it for school.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 6, 2010

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    the original mythology

    Ovid wrote this when people still believed in the stories of the gods. Whether its was good story telling or the true beliefs this is a book to add to your collection. The writing is a little different. It is concidered poetry but in this particular barnes and noble classic it is written more like a novel. I say definetly worth the reading.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 17, 2006

    ( un ) pleasant surprises and no happy endings.

    Publius Ovidius Naso was born in 43 B.C and died in 18 A.D. He was banished for unknown reasons to Tomi, a barren place near the coast of the Black Sea. A few scholars believe that this was a literary hoax created by Ovid himself. It would enable him to write the 'Tristia' and 'Letters From The Black Sea'. 'Metamorphoses' is his main achievement. It contains 250 stories from the Greek Mythology and they all have in common that the principal character changes into another form. Most of the time they turn into an animal or a tree but also in a river, a constellation of stars, a rock or a flower and other pleasant surprises. If you read this book you won't find many happy endings. The ancient Greeks didn't know the meaning of that expression. It's not an easy read but if you persist it will be a rewarding literary experience

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 24, 2013

    Definitely a great read. The translation is wonderful, and I lov

    Definitely a great read. The translation is wonderful, and I loved the way Ovid skims through all of his stories. It is pretty different from such classical writers like Virgil and Homer, but overall I think this makes it an easier read. Not to mention it's a must read if you like Greek/Roman mythology.
    The only complaint I have is regarding the citation for the cover image. It's cited as "Pygmallion and Galatea" by Francios Boucher, but it's really "Jupiter and Callisto" (though it's by the same artist). Not a big deal, but it puzzeled me for a while.

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