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Ovid Metamorphoses

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9780253200013

ISBN10:
0253200016
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Paperback
Pub. Date:
6/1/1955
Publisher(s):
Indiana Univ Pr
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"The Metamorphoses of Ovid offers to the modern world such a key to the literary and religious culture of the ancients that it becomes an important event when at last a good poet comes up with a translation into English verse." -- John Crowe Ransom"... a charming and expert English version, which is right in tone for the Metamorphoses."  -- Francis Fergusson"This new Ovid, fresh and faithful, is right for our time and should help to restore a great reputation." -- Mark Van DorenThe first and still the best modern verse translation of the Metamorphoses, Humphries' version of Ovid's masterpiece captures its wit, merriment, and sophistication.Everyone will enjoy this first modern translation by an American poet of Ovid's great work, the major treasury of classical mythology, which has perennially stimulated the minds of men. In this lively rendering there are no stock props of the pastoral and no literary landscaping, but real food on the table and sometimes real blood on the ground.Not only is Ovid's Metamorphoses a collection of all the myths of the time of the Roman poet as he knew them, but the book presents at the same time a series of love poems -- about the loves of men, women, and the gods. There are also poems of hate, to give the proper shading to the narrative. And pervading all is the writer's love for this earth, its people, its phenomena.Using ten-beat, unrhymed lines in his translation, Rolfe Humphries shows a definite kinship for Ovid's swift and colloquial language and Humphries' whole poetic manner is in tune with the wit and sophistication of the Roman poet.

Table of Contents

BOOK ONE
3(25)
The Creation
3(2)
The Four Ages
5(3)
Jove's Intervention
8(1)
The Story of Lycaon
9(2)
The Flood
11(1)
Deucalion and Pyrrha
12(4)
Apollo and Daphne
16(5)
Jove and Io
21(7)
BOOK TWO
28(29)
The Story of Phaethon
28(12)
Jove in Arcady
40(5)
The Story of the Raven
45(3)
The Story of Ocyrhoe
48(2)
Mercury and Battus
50(1)
Mercury, Herse, and Aglauros
51(1)
The House of the Goddess Envy
52(2)
Europa
54(3)
BOOK THREE
57(24)
The Story of Cadmus
57(4)
The Story of Actaeon
61(3)
The Story of Semele
64(3)
The Story of Tiresias
67(1)
The Story of Echo and Narcissus
67(6)
The Story of Pentheus and Bacchus
73(8)
BOOK FOUR
81(26)
The Story of Pyramus and Thisbe
83(3)
The Story of Mars and Venus
86(1)
The Sun-god and Leucothoe
87(3)
The Story of Salmacis
90(3)
The End of the Daughters of Minyas
93(1)
The Story of Athamas and Ino
94(5)
The End of Cadmus
99(1)
The Story of Perseus
100(7)
BOOK FIVE
107(22)
The Fighting of Perseus
107(8)
Minerva Visits the Muses
115(14)
BOOK SIX
129(24)
The Story of Niobe
133(10)
The Story of Tereus, Procne, and Philomela
143(10)
BOOK SEVEN
153(28)
The Story of Jason and Medea
153(14)
War Between Crete and Athens
167(7)
The Story of Cephalus and Procris
174(7)
BOOK EIGHT
181(28)
The Story of Nisus and Scylla
181(6)
The Story of Daedalus and Icarus
187(3)
The Calydonian Boar
190(5)
The Brand of Meleager
195(3)
The Return of Theseus
198(2)
The Story of Baucis and Philemon
200(4)
The Story of Erysichthon
204(5)
BOOK NINE
209(25)
The Story of Achelous' Duel for Deianira
209(3)
The Story of Hercules, Nessus, and Deianira
212(5)
The Story of Hercules' Birth
217(2)
The Story of Dryope
219(4)
The Story of Caunus and Byblis
223(6)
The Story of Iphis and Ianthe
229(5)
BOOK TEN
234(25)
The Story of Orpheus and Eurydice
234(3)
The Story of Cyparissus
237(2)
The Story of Ganymede
239(1)
The Story of Apollo and Hyacinthus
239(2)
Two Incidents of Venus' Anger
241(1)
The Story of Pygmalion
241(2)
The Story of Cinyras and Myrrha
243(8)
The Story of Adonis
251(1)
Venus Tells Adonis the Story of Atalanta
252(5)
The Fate of Adonis
257(2)
BOOK ELEVEN
259(26)
The Death of Orpheus
259(2)
The Story of Midas
261(2)
Midas Never Learns
263(2)
The Building of the Walls of Troy
265(1)
The Story of Thetis
266(2)
Ceyx Tells the Story of Daedalion
268(2)
The Story of Peleus' Cattle
270(2)
The Quest of Ceyx
272(10)
The Story of Aesacus and Hesperia
282(3)
BOOK TWELVE
285(20)
The Invasion of Troy
285(6)
Nestor Tells the Story of Caeneus
291(1)
Story of the Battle with the Centaurs
291(10)
Nestor Is Asked Why He Omitted Hercules
301(4)
BOOK THIRTEEN
305(33)
The Argument between Ajax and Ulysses
305(14)
After the Fall
319(1)
The Sacrifice of Polyxena
320(3)
The Discovery of Polydorus
323(2)
The Story of Memnon
325(1)
The Pilgrimage of Aeneas
326(1)
The Story of Anius' Daughters
327(1)
The Pilgrimage Resumed
328(2)
The Story of Galatea
330(1)
The Song of Polyphemus
331(3)
The Transformation of Acis
334(1)
The Story of Glaucus
335(3)
BOOK FOURTEEN
338(27)
The Story of Glaucus Continued
338(2)
The Pilgrimage of Aeneas Resumed
340(4)
Achaemenides Tells His Story
344(4)
The Story of Picus
348(4)
The Pilgrimage of Aeneas Resumed
352(1)
The Narrative of Diomedes
352(2)
The Return of Venulus
354(2)
The Deification of Aeneas
356(1)
Legendary History of Rome
357(1)
Pomona and Vertumnus
357(3)
The Story of Iphis and Anaxarete
360(2)
More Early Roman History
362(3)
BOOK FIFTEEN
365
The Succession of Numa
365(2)
The Teachings of Pythagoras
367(12)
The Return of Numa
379(1)
The Story of Hippolytus
380(2)
The Story of Cipus
382(2)
The Story of Aesculapius
384(4)
The Deification of Caesar
388(4)
The Epilogue
392


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