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Metamorphoses

ISBN-10: 0714543314
ISBN-13: 9780714543314
Edition: N/A
Authors: Ovid, Rolfe Humphries
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Description: One of the greatest and most influential texts of antiquity, the Metamorphoses is universally regarded as Ovid's highest poetical achievement. Divided into 15 books dealing with the creation of the world, earth, its phenomena, and a host of Greek  More...

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Book details

List price: $23.95
Publisher: Alma Classics
Publication date: 4/1/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 416
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.990
Language: English

One of the greatest and most influential texts of antiquity, the Metamorphoses is universally regarded as Ovid's highest poetical achievement. Divided into 15 books dealing with the creation of the world, earth, its phenomena, and a host of Greek myths and legends, Ovid's book has ingrained itself into the collective mind of Western culture, sparking an infinite number of imitations and spin-off works to the present day. Rolfe Humphries's faithful blank-verse translation of the original's hexameters shows a definite kinship for Ovid's swift and colloquial language, and a poetical manner in tune with the wit and sophistication of the Roman poet. Through Humphries's version, the modern reader will be able to rediscover a major treasury of classical mythology which has perennially stimulated the imagination.

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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