Metamorphoses: A New Translation

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W. W. Norton & Company, Jan 17, 2005 - Poetry - 624 pages
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"A version that has been long awaited, and likely to become the new standard."—Michael Dirda, Washington Post

Ovid's epic poem—whose theme of change has resonated throughout the ages—is one of the most important texts of Western imagination, an inspiration from Dante's times to the present day, when writers such as Salman Rushdie and Italo Calvino have found a living source in Ovid's work. Charles Martin combines a close fidelity to Ovid's text with verse that catches the speed and liveliness of the original. Martin's Metamorphoses will be the translation of choice for contemporary readers in English. This volume also includes endnotes and a glossary of people, places, and personifications.
 

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User Review  - BayardUS - LibraryThing

I've recently read several interesting short story collections from antiquity, namely The Canterbury Tales, Arabian Nights, and Ovid's Metamorphoses. Each of them has inspired enough academic articles ... Read full review

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User Review  - VivalaErin - LibraryThing

Charles Martin's translation is very good. He was able to stick to the Latin poetic form. And I love all the extra context and essays available from a Norton Critical. Excellent work. Read full review

Contents

ROOK I
13
HOOK II
30
OF MORTAL CHILDREN AND IMMORTAL LUSTS
49
IK OK III
89
SPINNING YARNS AND WEAVING TAiES
121
CONTESTS OF ARMS AND SONG
157
BOOK VIII
240
HOOK VI
256
HOOK XI
350
ROME BEGINS AT TROY
367
ROOK XII
378
liOOK XIII
435
HOOK XIV
442
AROUND AND ABOUT WITH AENEAS
479
HOOK XV
508
PROPHETIC ACTS AND VISIONARY DREAMS
519

IMPIOUS ACTS AND EXEMPLARY LIVES
261
HOOK IX
278
DESIRE DECEIT AND DIFFICULT DELIVERIES
301
KOOh X
339
Notes
555
Persons Places and Personifications in the Metamorphoses
577
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Charles Martin is a poet, critic, and translator. His translation of Ovid’s Metamorphoses received the Harold Morton Landon Award from the Academy of American Poets in 2004. In 2005, he received an Award for Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He is the author of Signs & Wonders and Starting from Sleep: New and Selected Poems.

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