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Metamorphoses (Hackett Classics) Reprint Edition

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Stanley Lombardo successfully matches Ovid's human drama, imaginative brio, and irresistible momentum; and Ralph Johnson’s superb Introduction to Ovid's 'narratological paradise' is a bonus to this new and vigorous translation that should not be missed. Together, Introduction and text bring out the delightful unpredictability of Ovid's 'history of the world' down to his times.--Elaine Fantham, Giger Professor of Latin, Emerita, Princeton University



Lombardo's translation is the most readable I’ve seen. . . . Its language is modern, accessible, and unpretentious. . . . I can imagine reading all the way through this version with students. I also admire the catalog of transformations . . . and, as usual, an Introduction by Ralph Johnson is worth the price of the book.--Margaret Musgrove, University of Central Oklahoma



A superb teaching text. The translation is readable, witty, and very accessible to today’s students. The glossary is useful, and Johnson’s essay is a great introduction to Ovid.--John Makowski, Loyola University, Chicago

About the Author

Stanley Lombardo is Professor of Classics, University of Kansas.

W. R. Johnson is Professor of Classics and Comparative Literature, Emeritus, University of Chicago.

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Product Details

  • Series: Hackett Classics
  • Paperback: 538 pages
  • Publisher: Hackett Publishing Company, Inc.; Reprint edition (September 24, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1603843078
  • ISBN-13: 978-1603843072
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.5 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #77,936 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I find that Lombardo's translation lucid and taut, with full use of the modern idiom. He keeps things moving fast, and one often gets the feeling of wanting to recite the beauteous poem out loud!

Hackett's amazing edition could very well be the "reference" version well suited to university use and everyday use. Each book is divided into it's own sub-chapters (anywhere from 7-19 subsections)! Which makes it wonderfully easy to find any story or speech. And the "Catalog of Transformations" at the back of the book is amazing! Perfect for those wanting to have every single transformation compiled for quick reference! The generous and well spaced print is as Lombardo's other verse translations.

In my opinion Lombardo's version is the only one that rivals Penguin's classic (prose) version with Mary Innes.

Ovid's use of similes are just as important and as profound as Homer's or Virgil's. My only quip is that Lombardo doesn't employ italics when faced with a simile as he does in his other famous translations.

Nevertheless, it seems that there's nothing Stanley Lombardo can't translate! I just can't wait what he'll do next!...tackle Pindar's Odes?...perhaps complete his Dante?...or even Appollonius of Rhodes's Argonautica?
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I took a class over classic Greek and Roman literature and this was among the assigned reading. We were only accountable for half or so of the book, but I found I couldn't put it down. One of my favorite pieces of literature I've ever read, and comparing other translations, I found Lombardo's to be very readable.
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Very clearly written with the stories easy to understand and relate to human emotions of today. So many words and terms relate to the stories in Metamorphoses, it helps to know the stories behind the words
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This is a good translation as far as the text goes, but it is utterly useless in class because it doesn't have the real line numbers. Students therefore can't find references -- for example, if I want them to look at the story of Apollo and Daphne, I can't tell them to go to 1.452 because the text doesn't tell them where that is. If they want to check a reference from another book, or need to compare several translations (both things that come up often in classes), they can't do it because this edition is missing the actual line numbers. A general reader who wants to read the Metamorphoses once and never think about it again could use this; a student simply can't, and I won't assign it.
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I really enjoyed reading Ovid's Metamorphoses. I love how he re-tells myths. Highly recommend!
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By Robert on February 22, 2016
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Ovid's Metamorphoses is not only for the snobs but truly a classic for all peoples and ages!
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