has greatly influenced Western literature and civilization via Shakespeare, Dante, and other authors. An epic poem that chronicles the creation of the world and its early history, this work provides us with a collection of early myths as Ovid deftly compiles a sequence of paradoxical narratives.
Translation by A.D. Melville. Introduction and Notes by E.J. Kenney. With Introduction, historical sketch, translator's note, bibliography, explanatory notes, glossary, and index of names. 480 pages, softcover. Oxford Edition.
Metamorphoses--the best-known poem by one of the wittiest poets of classical antiquity--takes as its theme change and transformation, as illustrated by Greco-Roman myth and legend. Melville's new translation reproduces the grace and fluency of Ovid's style, and its modern idiom offers a fresh understanding of Ovid's unique and elusive vision of reality.
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