Metamorphoses

ISBN-10: 014044789X
ISBN-13: 9780140447897
Edition: 2004 (Revised)
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Book details

List price: $12.00
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 8/3/2004
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 480
Size: 5.00" wide x 7.75" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 1.276
Language: English

Born of an equestrian family in Sulmo, Ovid was educated in rhetoric in Rome but gave it up for poetry. He counted Horace and Propertius among his friends and wrote an elegy on the death of Tibullus. He became the leading poet of Rome but was banished in 8 A.D. by an edict of Augustus to remote Tomis on the Black Sea because of a poem and an indiscretion. Miserable in provincial exile, he died there ten years later. His brilliant, witty, fertile elegiac poems include Amores (Loves), Heroides (Heroines), and Ars Amatoris (The Art of Love), but he is perhaps best known for the Metamorphoses, a marvelously imaginative compendium of Greek mythology where every story alludes to a change in shape. Ovid was admired and imitated throughout the Middle Ages and Renaissance. Chaucer, Spenser, Shakespeare, and Jonson knew his works well. His mastery of form, gift for narration, and amusing urbanity are irresistible.

Denis Feeneyis Giger Professor of Latin at Princeton University and was the 2004 Sather Lecturer at the University of California, Berkeley. His books includeLiterature and Religion at Rome: Cultures, Contexts, and Beliefs(1998) andThe Gods in Epic: Poets and Critics of the Classical Tradition(1991).

Acknowledgement
Historical Sketch
Introduction
Translator's Note
Select Bibliography
Metamorphoses
Orpheus and Eurydice
Epilogue
Explanatory Notes
Glossary and Index of Names
A Selection of Oxford World's Classics

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