Essential Metamorphoses

ISBN-10: 1603846247
ISBN-13: 9781603846240
Edition: 2011
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Description: This edited edition of Stanley Lombardo's translation of Ovid's Metamorphoses (Hackett, 2010), also includes an Introduction by W R Johnson.

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Book details

Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: Hackett Publishing Company, Incorporated
Publication date: 9/15/2011
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 216
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.25" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.484
Language: English

This edited edition of Stanley Lombardo's translation of Ovid's Metamorphoses (Hackett, 2010), also includes an Introduction by W R Johnson.

Stanley Lombardo is Professor of Classics, University of Kansas.

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.

W. R. Johnson is Professor of Classics and Comparative Literature, Emeritus, University of Chicago.

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