Metamorphoses (Oxford World's Classics) (Paperback)

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By Ovid, A. D. Melville (Translator), E. J. Kenney (Introduction by)
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Of all the classics you haven't read, there is a particular "eat your vegetables" quality Ovid seems to have acquired. Ovid's material is the whole of Roman history from the beginnings of time through every major character in classical mythology, up to his present day and the then current emperor Augustus (who exiled the poet anyway). The 'metamorphoses' of the title refer the author's ingenious transformation of each story into the next, even as within tale, many characters 'evolve' into trees, spiders, or mountains. The overall effect is one of completeness and order in the universe, comprised solely of moments of violence and chaos. It is also sexually explicit, and more advanced in its treatment of non-binary gender, sexual fluidity, and polyamory than we have yet considered. He also basically invents "meta-fiction," do I need to go on? Buy this thingĀ - you'll laugh, get turned on, and finally I'll have someone to talk about it with. Jeez.

— Billy


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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Product Details
ISBN: 9780199537372
ISBN-10: 0199537372
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Publication Date: April 15th, 2009
Pages: 528
Language: English
Series: Oxford World's Classics