Metamorphoses   -     By: Ovid
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By: Ovid
Penguin Classics / 1955 / Paperback

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In his Metamorphoses, Ovid (43 BC-AD 17) draws on Greek mythology, Latin folklore, and legend from even further afield, to create a series of narrative poems, ingeniously linked by the common theme of transformation. A chaotic universe is subdued into harmonious order; animals turn to stone; men and women become trees, stones, and stars. Ovid is a master of variation: his understanding of human nature knows no bounds; style is elegantly tailored to fit the subject; and the gentle vein of humour which runs through his work is exploited with subtlety, sympathy and delightful self-irony. In this prose translation by Mary M. Innes, a skillful balance is struck between faithfulness and fluency. Both the classicist and the non-specialist will appreciate the sophisticated charm of Ovid's influential masterpiece.

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Format: Paperback
Vendor: Penguin Classics
Publication Date: 1955
Dimensions: 8.12 X 5.12 (inches)
ISBN: 0140440585
ISBN-13: 9780140440584
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Ovid—Publius Ovidius Naso—(43 bce–ce 17 or 18) was born into a wealthy Roman family and became the most distinguished poet of his time. He died in exile on the Black Sea, far from Rome and his literary life.

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