Ovid's Metamorphosis Englished, Mythologized and Represented in Figures, 1632

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Kessinger Publishing, Jul 1, 2003 - Poetry - 572 pages
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In this translation, it was attempted to collect out of sundry authors the philosophical sense of these fables of Ovid, if they may be called his, when most of them are more antient than any extant author, or perhaps them letters themselves; before which, as they expressed their conceptions in hieroglyphics, so did they their philosophy and dimity under fables and parables, a way not untrod by the sacred penmen, as by the prudent lawgivers in their reducing of the Old World to civility, leaving behind a deeper impression than can be made by the precepts of philosophy. Due to the age and scarcity of the original we reproduced, some pages may be spotty, faded or difficult to read. Written in Old English.

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Publius Ovidius Naso (20 March 43 BC--AD 17/18), known as Ovid. Born of an equestrian family in Sulmo, Ovid was educated in rhetoric in Rome but gave it up for poetry. He counted Horace and Propertius among his friends and wrote an elegy on the death of Tibullus. He became the leading poet of Rome but was banished in 8 A.D. by an edict of Augustus to remote Tomis on the Black Sea because of a poem and an indiscretion. Miserable in provincial exile, he died there ten years later. His brilliant, witty, fertile elegiac poems include Amores (Loves), Heroides (Heroines), and Ars Amatoris (The Art of Love), but he is perhaps best known for the Metamorphoses, a marvelously imaginative compendium of Greek mythology where every story alludes to a change in shape. Ovid was admired and imitated throughout the Middle Ages and Renaissance. Chaucer, Spenser, Shakespeare, and Jonson knew his works well. His mastery of form, gift for narration, and amusing urbanity are irresistible.

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