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Ovid's epic poem'”whose theme of change has resonated throughout the ages'”is one of the most important texts of Western imagination, an inspiration from Dante's time to the present, when writers such as Salman Rushdie and Italo Calvino have found a living source in Ovid's work. The text is accompanied by a preface, A Note on the Translation, and detailed explanatory annotations. 'śSources and Backgrounds'ť includes Seneca's inspired commentary on Ovid, Charles Martin's essay on the ways in which pantomimic dancing'”an art form popular in Ovid's time'”may have been the model for Metamorphoses , as well as related works by Virgil, Callimachus, Hesiod, and Lucretius, among others. From the enormous body of scholarly writing on Metamorphoses , Charles Martin has chosen six major interpretations by Bernard Knox, J. R. R. Mackail, Norman O. Brown, Italo Calvino, Frederick Ahl, and Diane Middlebrook. A Glossary of Persons, Places, and Personifications in the Metamorphoses and a Chronology and Selected Bibliography are also included.
Table of Contents
|A Note on This Translation|
|A Brief Life of Ovid|
|The Text of Metamorphoses|
|Book I: The Shaping of Changes|
|Book II: Of Mortal Children and Immortal Lusts|
|Book III: The Wrath of Juno|
|Book IV: Spinning Yarns and Weaving Tales|
|Book V: Contests of Arms and Song|
|Book VI: Of Praise and Punishment|
|Book VII: Of the Ties That Bind|
|Book VIII: Impious Acts and Exemplary Lives|
|Book IX: Desire, Deceit, and Difficult Deliveries|
|Book X: The Songs of Orpheus|
|Book XI: Rome Begins at Troy|
|Book XII: Around and About the Iliad|
|Book XIII: Spoils of War and Pangs of Love|
|Book XIV: Around and About with Aeneas|
|Book XV: Prophetic Acts and Visionary Dreams|
|Bernard Knox: Ovid in His Time and Ours|
|Seneca the Elder: Two Anecdotes of Ovid|
|Influences, Anxious and Benign|
|Hesiod: From Works and Days|
|Lucretius: From De rerum natura|
|Callimachus: Hymn VI: To Demeter|
|Virgil: From the Aeneid|
|Charles Martin: Ovid's Metamorphoses and Pantomime Dancing|
|[A Work of Such Wide Importance]|
|A Roman in His Prime|
|Ovid and Universal Contiguity|
|Daphne, or Metamorphosis|
|Persons, Places, and Personifications in the Metamorphoses|
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