Metamorphoses (Paperback)
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Metamorphoses (Paperback)

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Paperback 512 Pages / Published: 30/04/2003
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Composed in Latin in the early years of the 1st century by the Roman poet Ovid, the ""Metamorphoses"" presents a collection of tales of transformation based on Greek mythology and legend. Michael Simpson's prose translation of Ovid's masterpiece in the rapid and direct American idiom aims to catch the swiftness and clarity of the Latin original. His introduction sketches the poet's life, describes his extant works, discusses his unusual exile to the west coast of the Black Sea (where he died) and provides a useful context for reading the ""Metamorphoses"". Simpson has also prepared extensive endnotes that serve as mini essays, illuminating the manifold aspects of the poem and offering commentary and interpretation that should enable readers to enter Ovid's magical world and enjoy its richness.

Publisher: University of Massachusetts Press
ISBN: 9781558493995
Number of pages: 512
Weight: 844 g
Dimensions: 180 x 159 x 33 mm


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"This is by far the best prose translation of Ovid's masterpiece. It fully captures the verve, nuance, and entertainment of Ovid's narration. The extensive and up-to-date notes are an additional bonus."
"This translation of Ovid's Metamorphoses is a welcome surprise amid the many translations that have appeared in the past twenty years. It makes no strained effort to find a metrical scheme and pose as the modern equivalent to Ovid's poetic form. Instead, it seeks--and acheives with remarkable success--to render the flowing elegance of Ovid's narrative style with a sensitivity that captures the versatility of the Latin and of the stories that Ovid chose to tell. This is an especially effective text for studying Ovid."
"Simpson conveys the rapid flow of Ovid's wonderful mythological, epic-style poem in clear, accessible, and straightforward prose. The running commentary that accompanies the translation offers interesting and sometimes challenging interpretations, informed by recent scholarship and a concern with the meaning of the poem for a wide audience."

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