The Metamorphoses

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Penguin, Nov 3, 2009 - Fiction - 480 pages
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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 Narcissus to Pygmalion’s living statue, from Perseus’s defeat of Medusa to the fall of Troy. Retold with Ovid’s irreverent flair, these tales are united by the theme of metamorphosis, as men and women are rendered alien to themselves, turned variously to flowers, trees, animals, and stones. The closest thing to a central character is love itself—a confounding, transforming, irrational force that makes fools of gods and mortals alike.

The poem’s playful verses, both sensually earthy and wittily sophisticated, have reverberated through the centuries, inspiring countless artists and writers from Shakespeare to the present. Frequently translated, imitated, and adapted, The Metamorphoses has lost none of its power to provoke and entertain.

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User Review  - Jenna Nov - Goodreads

I enjoyed this book thoroughly being a lover of Greco-Roman mythology. There were other, lesser known myths that I was able to read up on which I was ecstatic about. However, I have a few small ... Read full review

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User Review  - Erika Schoeps - Goodreads

I write this review as a very ashamed Literature major... I just can't get through this. The main sentiments I interpreted from the text just seem to echo messages from Homer, and I thought that these ... Read full review

Contents

HERCULES BIRTH
DRYOPE
THEMIS PROPHECY
BYBLIS AND CAUNUS
IPHIS AND IANTHE
ORPHEUS AND EURYDICE
GANYMEDE
APOLLO AND HYACINTHUS

APOLLO AND DAPHNE
IO AND JOVE
THE PIPES OF PAN
IO AS ISIS
PHAETHONS RIDE
JOVE AND THE ARCADIAN NYMPH
THE RAVEN
OCYRHOE
MERCURY AND BATTUS
MERCURY AND HERSE
JOVE AND EUROPA
CADMUS
ACTAEON
SEMELE
TIRESIAS
PENTHEUS AND BACCHUS
PYRAMUS AND THISBE
MARS AND VENUS
THE SUN AND LEUCOTHOE
SALMACIS AND HERMAPHRODITUS
INO AND ATHAMAS
METAMORPHOSIS OF CADMUS
PERSEUS
PERSEUS BATTLES
PALLAS ATHENA AND THE MUSES
DEATH AND PROSERPINA
ARETHUSA
TRIPTOLEMUS
METAMORPHOSIS OF THE PIERIDES
ARACHNE
NIOBE AND LATONA
MARSYAS
TEREUS PROCNE AND PHILOMELA
BOREAS AND ORITHYIA
JASON AND MEDEA
MINOS WARS AGAINST AEGEUS
THE MYRMIDONS
CEPHALUS AND PROCRIS
MINOS NISUS AND SCYLLA
DAEDALUS AND ICARUS
MELEAGER AND THE BOAR
ALTHAEA AND MELEAGER
ACHELO‹S
BAUCIS AND PHILEMON
ERYSICHTHON
ACHELO‹S AND HERCULES
HERCULES NESSUS AND DEIANIRA
PYGMALION
CINYRAS AND MYRRHA
VENUS AND ADONIS
ATALANTA
METAMORPHOSIS OF ADONIS
THE DEATH OF ORPHEUS
MIDAS
THE BUILDING OF TROY
THETIS AND PELEUS
DAEDALION
PELEUS CATTLE
THE JOURNEYS OF CEYX
SLEEP
METAMORPHOSIS OF ALCYONE
AESACUS AND HESPERIA
THE TROJAN WAR BEGINS
CAENIS
NESTORS TALE OF THE CENTAURS
THE DEATH OF ACHILLES
THE DISPUTE OVER ACHILLES ARMOUR
THE FALL OF TROY
THE SACRIFICE OF POLYXENA
HECUBAS GRIEF
MEMNON
AENEAS
GALATEA AND POLYPHEMUS
GLAUCUS
CIRCE GLAUCUS AND SCYLLA
AENEAS VISITS CUMAE
ACHAEMENIDES AND POLYPHEMUS
CIRCE
PICUS AND CANENS
THE CONQUESTS OF AENEAS
LATER KINGS OF ALBA
IPHIS AND ANAXARETE
OTHER KINGS OF ITALIA
NUMA HEARS THE STORY OF MYSCELOS
THE PHILOSOPHER
THE DEATH OF NUMA
HIPPOLYTUS
CIPUS
CAESAR
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