Metamorphoses

ISBN-10: 0451531450
ISBN-13: 9780451531452
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Description: A masterpiece of Western culture, this is the first attempt to link all the Greek myths in a cohesive whole to the Roman myths of Ovid’s day. Horace Gregory, in this modern translation, turns his own poetic gifts toward a deft reconstruction of  More...

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Book details

List price: $7.95
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 11/3/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 480
Size: 4.25" wide x 6.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.484
Language: English

A masterpiece of Western culture, this is the first attempt to link all the Greek myths in a cohesive whole to the Roman myths of Ovid’s day. Horace Gregory, in this modern translation, turns his own poetic gifts toward a deft reconstruction of Ovid’s ancient themes.

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.

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