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My work is finished now: no wrath of Jove
nor sword nor fire nor futurity
is capable of laying waste to it.
wherever Roman governance extends
over the subject nations of the world,
my words will be upon the people's lips
and if there is truth in poets' prophesies [sic, Quandoque bonus dormitat Homerus, as the Romans would say]
then in my fame forever I will live.
So he is the worst kind of genius: a genius who knows he is a genius. Witty, elegant, and lively, his Metamorphoses is a masterpiece of epic poetry that tells of the myriad odd transformations that mythical (and sometimes historical) figures from Orpheus and Icarus to Romulus and Julius Caesar go through. Throughout, he is delightfully and cuttingly mocking of pretty much the entire epic tradition and every great poet that came before him, including no less authors than Virgil and Homer themselves. In at least three elaborate scenes, he makes so much fun of epic battles and they are hilariously and eerily reminiscent of Quentin Tarantino's comical massacre scene in his Kill Bill Vol. 1. Hell, Ovid can be tragic, comic, moving, and sarcastic/satirical all at the same time without lacking in elegance. The poem, 15 books of 1,000 lines per book, so seamlessly integrates story after story of wildly differing genres and plots and lengths that it feels like you're reading a single monomyth without getting bored or overwhelmed.Read more ›
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My favorite translation of Ovid, well printed and an overall great read.Published 13 days ago by Ang
I was really pissed on the kindle version of this book. I needed this book for a college class and because the page numbers are NOT PRINTED on the pages, like many kindle books... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Kindle Customer
understanding the structure of Metamorphoses is key. It is a series of moments in which the actors become inflections of that moment.Published 5 months ago by Greg Sinadinos
OVID is a classic, so if you enjoy old Greek Mythology, you'll love his spin on the tales. It can be a long read though, so don't expect to read through the whole thing in one... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Brittney Christ
Amazing book!!! Had to get it for academic team and was 100%!!!Published 12 months ago by Andrew Tucker
OUTSTANDING translation. This should be the new standard. Some passages read like a modern movie/screenplay. Ovid was an early version of Aaron Sorkin!Published 13 months ago by Michael L