by Ovid , David Raeburn , Denis Feeney
Editor: Penguin Books Ltd
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Deliciously intelligent and exuberant epic ovid of Metamorphosis is a verse from the Latin translation by David Raeburn with an introduction by Denis Feeney in Penguin ClassicsOvid, sensual, full of wit and poetry gathers a dazzling range of mythological tales, ingeniously linked by the idea of transformation, often because of love or lust, – where men and women find themselves magically transformed into new and sometimes extraordinary beingsBeginning with the creation of the world and ending with the deification of Emperor Augustus, Ovid blends many of the best-known legends and myths of Ancient Greece and Rome, including Daedalus and Icarus, Pyramus and Thisbe, Pygmalion, Perseus and Andromeda, and the fall of Troy.Scholarly, but light-hearted, spectacular and playful, Metamorphoses has influenced writers and artists through the centuries, Shakespeare and Titian, Picasso and Ted Hughes.This very lively, accessible, new translation by David Raeburn is in hexameter verse, which brilliantly captures the energy and spontaneity of the originalThe edition contains an introduction to Ovid’s life and work, as well as a preface to each book, explanatory notes and an index of people, gods and places.Publius Ovidius Naso (43BC-18AD) was born in Sulmo (Sulmona) in central ItalyComing from a wealthy Roman family and apparently destined for a career in politics, he held a few small posts before leaving public office to write, becoming the most famous poet of his timeHis books, all published by Penguin Classics, include Amores, a collection of short love poems; Heroides, verses written by mythological heroines to their lovers; Ars Amatoria, a satirical manual on love; and Metamorphoses, his epic work on changeIf you liked Metamorphoses, you could, like Homer’s Odyssey, also available in Penguin Classics
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