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Metamorphoses of Ovid, The (MAXNotes Literature Guides) Paperback – August 13, 1996

ISBN-13: 978-0878910274 ISBN-10: 0878910271

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Product Details

  • Series: MAXnotes Literature Guides
  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Research & Education Association (August 13, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0878910271
  • ISBN-13: 978-0878910274
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 5.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,155,813 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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REA’s MAXnotes is an insightful series of literature study guides covering over 80 of the most popular literary works.

MAXnotes study guides are student friendly and provide all the essentials needed to prepare students for homework, discussions, reports, and exams.

Our MAXnotes for Ovid’s The Metamorphoses study guide includes an overall summary, character lists, explanation and discussion of the plot, overview of the work’s historical context, and a biography of the author. Each section of the work is individually summarized and includes study questions and answers.

Our Ovid’s The Metamorphoses MAXnotes study guide is a handy resource when preparing for exams or doing homework, and it makes a great companion to the original work.

The Ovid’s The Metamorphoses MAXnotes is also an invaluable resource for English teachers who are teaching the original work and need a refresher. Each MAXnotes includes topics for term papers with sample outlines.


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8 of 18 people found the following review helpful By D. P. Birkett on November 20, 2001
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(Note that this is a review of the Max Notes - some of the reviews on this page seem to refer to the book itself)
I suppose these notes belong to an era when, for better or for worse, students studied the Latin classics for the sole purpose of passing examinations. They are unlikely to stimulate interest. The plot of each book is related in very simple language. There are banal test questions demanding brief factual answers. Sometimes these are inaccurate or assume that a partcular translation is being read. For example in book IV the attitude of Andromeda's parents "struck Perseus as pretty futile" which seems to be an attempt at "nec ferunt auxilium secum sed fletus digno tempore." Then at the end the student is asked to comment on the "casual colloquial speech." I think that only a very advanced classicist can tell whether a piece of Latin is casual and colloquial and this is not a book meant for advanced classicists. The introduction thinks it worth telling us that this is Ovid's only poem written in dactylic hexameters (which might be of interest to a VERY advanced classicist) but then does not explain what a dactyl is.
There is almost no reference to contemporary scholarship about what Romans of Ovid's day thought about the truth of these stories, or about such issues as human sacrifice. Robert Graves and Edith Hamilton are given as authorities.
The illustrations are as wooden as the text, badly drawn and totally unerotic (maybe meant for Catholic schools, or am I being prejudiced?) which seems a particular shame since so many of these stories have inspired unforgettable and sexy illustrations by the greatest artists of all time. I wonder what Max Notes would have made of the Ars Amatoria.
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