The Metamorphoses

Author(s): Ovid

Classics

The first English translation of one of the supreme masterpieces of Latin literature, "Golding's Metamorphoses" (1567) decisively influenced Shakespeare, Spenser and the character of English Renaissance writing. Ovid's deliciously witty and poignant epic starts with the creation of the world and brings together a series of ingeniously linked myths and legends in which men and women are transformed, often by love - into flowers, trees, stones and stars. This robustly vernacular version adds a Christian moral framework, clarifies obscurities and gives an English flavour to the rustic settings, thus making readily available to later writers a treasure-trove of comic, eerie and erotic tales.

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PUBLIUS OVIDUS NASO was born in 43BC in central Italy. He was sent to Rome where he realised that his talent lay with poetry rather than with politics. His first published work was 'Amores', a collection of short love poems. However he was expelled in A.D. 8 by Emperor Augustus for an unknown reason. He went to Tomis on the Black Sea where he died in A.D. 17. Mary M. Innes is a graduate of Glasgow and Oxford Universities.

General Fields

  • : 9780140440584
  • : Penguin Books Ltd
  • : Penguin Classics
  • : February 1973
  • : 198mm X 131mm X 23mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : 368
  • : Paperback
  • : Ovid