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Metamorphoses - a book by Ovid


Metamorphoses( )
Author: Ovid,
Translator: Mandelbaum, Allen
Introduction by: McKeown, J. C.
Publication Date:Sep 2013
Publisher:Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Imprint:Everyman's Library
Book Format:Hardback
List Price:USD $26.95
Book Description:

Ovid's famous mock epic--a treasury of myth and magic that is one of the greatest literary works of classical antiquity--is rendered into fluidly poetic English by world-renowned translator Allen Mandelbaum. Roman poet Ovid's dazzling cycle of tales begins with the creation of the world and ends with the deification of Caesar Augustus. In between is a glorious panoply of the most famous myths and legends of the ancient Greek and Roman world--from Echo's passion for...
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Detailed Subjects: Poetry / General
Physical Dimensions (W X L X H):5.33 x 8.32 x 1.3 Inches
Book Weight:1.34 Pounds
Author Biography
Ovid (Author)
Publius Ovidius Naso (20 March 43 BC--AD 17/18), known as Ovid. 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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