Reading Ovid: Stories from the Metamorphoses

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Cambridge University Press, Mar 8, 2007 - Foreign Language Study - 272 pages
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Presents a selection of stories from Ovid's Metamorphoses, the most famous and influential collection of Greek and Roman myths in the world. It includes well-known stories like those of Daedalus and Icarus, Pygmalion, Narcissus and King Midas. The book is designed for those who have completed an introductory course in Latin and aims to help such users to enjoy the story-telling, character-drawing and language of one of the world's most delightful and influential poets. The text is accompanied by full vocabulary and grammar notes, with assistance based on two widely used beginners' courses, Reading Latin and Wheelock's Latin. Essays at the end of each passage point up important detail and show how the logic of each story unfolds, while study sections offer questions for discussion and ways of thinking further about the passage. No other intermediate text is so carefully designed to make reading Ovid a pleasure.
  

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User Review  - Faith Bradham - Goodreads

Although I found Jones' commentary somewhat despicable - he seems like a horrid old man - his notes were quite helpful, making Ovid enjoyable rather than a terrible slog through vocabulary and syntax. Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
17
Section 2
19
Section 3
22
Section 4
23
Section 5
27
Section 6
33
Section 7
45
Section 8
61
Section 14
130
Section 15
142
Section 16
149
Section 17
162
Section 18
175
Section 19
185
Section 20
196
Section 21
210

Section 9
77
Section 10
91
Section 11
102
Section 12
109
Section 13
113
Section 22
222
Section 23
228
Section 24
250
Section 25
255
Section 26
271

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About the author (2007)

Peter Jones is well known as an author, journalist, lecturer and publiciser of classics. He is the founding President of Friends of Classics and regularly contributes columns, reviews and features on classical topics in the national media in the UK. His books include Learn Latin (1998), An Intelligent Person's Guide to Classics (2002) and (with Keith Sidwell) Reading Latin (1986).

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