In the twenty-one poems of the Heroides, Ovid gave voice to the heroines and heroes of epic and myth. These deeply moving literary epistles reveal the happiness and torment of love, as the writers tell of their pain at separation, forgiveness of infidelity or anger at betrayal. The faithful Penelope wonders at the suspiciously long absence of Ulysses, while Dido bitterly reproaches Aeneas for too eagerly leaving her bed to follow his destiny, and Sappho - the only historical figure portrayed here - describes her passion for the cruelly rejecting Phaon. In the poetic letters between Paris and Helen the lovers seem oblivious to the tragedy prophesied for them, while in another exchange the youthful Leander asserts his foolhardy eagerness to risk his life to be with his beloved Hero.
What people are saying - Write a review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - dchaikin - LibraryThing
31. Heroides by Ovid, translated by Harold Isbell original date: circa 16 bce translated 1990 format: Paperback acquired: Half-Price Books in October 2016 read: July 8-22 rating: 4 There are ... Read full review