Metamorphoses

ISBN-10: 039392534X
ISBN-13: 9780393925340
Edition: 2010
Authors: Charles Martin, Ovid, Ovid
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List price: $12.00
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company, Incorporated
Publication date: 11/30/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 580
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.50" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.408
Language: English

About the Series: No other series of classic texts equals the caliber of theNorton Critical Editions. Each volume combines the most authoritative text available with the comprehensive pedagogical apparatus necessary to appreciate the work fully. Careful editing, first-rate translation, and thorough explanatory annotations allow each text to meet the highest literary standards while remaining accessible to students. Each edition is printed on acid-free paper and every text in the series remains in print. Norton Critical Editions are the choice for excellence in scholarship for students at more than 2,000 universities worldwide.

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.

Preface
Acknowledgments
A Note on This Translation
A Brief Life of Ovid
The Text of Metamorphoses
Book I: The Shaping of Changes
Book II: Of Mortal Children and Immortal Lusts
Book III: The Wrath of Juno
Book IV: Spinning Yarns and Weaving Tales
Book V: Contests of Arms and Song
Book VI: Of Praise and Punishment
Book VII: Of the Ties That Bind
Book VIII: Impious Acts and Exemplary Lives
Book IX: Desire, Deceit, and Difficult Deliveries
Book X: The Songs of Orpheus
Book XI: Rome Begins at Troy
Book XII: Around and About the Iliad
Book XIII: Spoils of War and Pangs of Love
Book XIV: Around and About with Aeneas
Book XV: Prophetic Acts and Visionary Dreams
Contexts
Bernard Knox: Ovid in His Time and Ours
Seneca the Elder: Two Anecdotes of Ovid
Influences, Anxious and Benign
Hesiod: From Works and Days
Lucretius: From De rerum natura
Callimachus: Hymn VI: To Demeter
Virgil: From the Aeneid
Charles Martin: Ovid's Metamorphoses and Pantomime Dancing
Criticism
[A Work of Such Wide Importance]
A Roman in His Prime
Ovid and Universal Contiguity
Daphne, or Metamorphosis
Persons, Places, and Personifications in the Metamorphoses
Selected Bibliography

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