ISBN-10:
1558493999
ISBN-13:
9781558493995
Pub. Date:
04/30/2003
Publisher:
University of Massachusetts Press
The Metamorphoses of Ovid / Edition 1

The Metamorphoses of Ovid / Edition 1

by Michael Simpson
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ISBN-13: 9781558493995
Publisher: University of Massachusetts Press
Publication date: 04/30/2003
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 512
Product dimensions: 6.12(w) x 9.25(h) x 1.29(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Michael Simpson is professor of classics in the School of Arts and Humanities at the University of Texas at Dallas. He is author of Gods and Heroes of the Greeks: The "Library" of Apollodorus (University of Massachusetts Press, 1976).

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Table of Contents

Introductionix
Acknowledgmentsxxv
A Note on this Translation3
Book IThe Shaping of Changes13
Book IIOf Mortal Children and Immortal Lusts49
Book IIIThe Wrath of Juno89
Book IVSpinning Yarns and Weaving Tales121
Book VContests of Arms and Song157
Book VIOf Praise and Punishment187
Book VIIOf the Ties That Bind221
Book VIIIImpious Acts and Exemplary Lives261
Book IXDesire, Deceit, and Difficult Deliveries301
Book XThe Songs of Orpheus339
Book XIRome Begins at Troy367
Book XIIAround and About the Iliad405
Book XIIISpoils of War and Pangs of Love435
Book XIVAround and about with Aeneas479
Book XVProphetic Acts and Visionary Dreams519
Notes555
Persons, Places, and Personifications in the Metamorphoses577

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Charles Segal

Simpson conveys the rapid flow of Ovid's wonderful mythological, epic-style poem in clear, accessible, and straightforward prose. The running commentary that accompanies the translation offers interesting and sometimes challenging interpretations, informed by recent scholarship and a concern with the meaning of the poem for a wide audience.

William S. Anderson

This translation of Ovid's Metamorphoses is a welcome surprise amid the many translations that have appeared in the past twenty years. It makes no strained effort to find a metrical scheme and pose as the modern equivalent to Ovid's poetic form. Instead, it seeks -- and achieves with remarkable success -- to render the flowing elegance of Ovid's narrative style with a sensitivity that captures the versatility of the Latin and of the stories that Ovid chose to tell. This is an especially effective text for studying Ovid.

Karl Galinsky

This is by far the best prose translation of Ovid's masterpiece. It fully captures the verve, nuance, and entertainment of Ovid's narration. The extensive and up-to-date notes are an additional bonus.

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