Metamorphoses by Ovid

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Metamorphoses by Ovid
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Metamorphoses by Ovid

Metamorphoses–the best-known poem by one of the wittiest poets of classical antiquity–takes as its theme change and transformation, as illustrated by Greco-Roman myth and legend. Melville’s new translation reproduces the grace and fluency of Ovid’s style, and its modern idiom offers a fresh understanding of Ovid’s unique and elusive vision of reality.

Metamorphoses (from Greek μετά meta and μορφή morphē, meaning “changes of shape”), is a Latin narrative poem in fifteen books describing the history of the world from its creation to the deification of Julius Caesar within a loose mythico-historical framework. Completed in AD 8, it is recognized as a masterpiece of Golden Age Latin literature.

This cohesive collection of stories from Greek and Roman mythology recounts tales of recorded transformations. Comprised of over fifty stories, it chronicles the legends of King Midas, Daedalus, Icarus, Hercules, and the Trojan War.

Metamorphoses by Ovid is one of Jeffrey Eugenides’ favorite books.