The Metamorphoses Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
Ovid was probably the most popular of all the Roman poets during the Renaissance and Baroque periods, and his verse was the inspiration for countless artistic and literary masterpieces of the time. Shakespeare, Bernini, and Rubens were only a few of those who mined his work to extraordinary effect.
Ovid has left mankind a magnificent achievement, and his sparkling poetry is a tour de force of Homeric and Roman myth. As Ovid himself wrote: "As long as Rome is the eternal city, these lines shall echo from the lips of men."
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|Listening Length||16 hours and 11 minutes|
|Audible.com Release Date||December 19, 2006|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #32,196 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#29 in Ancient, Classical & Medieval Collections
#125 in Ancient & Classical Literature
#157 in Mythology (Books)
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This is one of the more important works in the World lit canon. If you are interested in myth, it's a must-read.
This edition is the "translation" by Dryden and some helpers into rhyming iambic pentameter couplets. It displays a certain viruosity but I am reminded of what someone said about Pope's Iliad "It is a very pretty thing, sir, but you must not call it Homer." Apart from being rather too free, you have the added difficulty of trying to read early eighteenth century English so that you have to translate the translation so as to understand stuff like:
"Now, with remorse his conscience deeply stung,
He drew the faulchion that beside her hung"
The excellent and erudite introduction by Garth Tissol is worth the price (which is commendably low)
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Sicher, "Metamorhosen" ist ein gewalttätiges und chauvinistisches Werk, dessen männliche Dominanz und Brutalität augenscheinlich sind, aber es steht in seiner Bedeutung für die europäische Kulturgeschichte auch einzigartig da. Man ist beim Lesen immer wieder überrascht, für wie viele europäische Mythen, die ins Allgemeinwissen übergegangen sind, bereits hier die Grundlagen gelegt wurden.