Heroides

Penguin UK
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In the twenty-one poems of the Heroides, Ovid gave voice to the heroines and heroes of epic and myth. These deeply moving literary epistles reveal the happiness and torment of love, as the writers tell of their pain at separation, forgiveness of infidelity or anger at betrayal. The faithful Penelope wonders at the suspiciously long absence of Ulysses, while Dido bitterly reproaches Aeneas for too eagerly leaving her bed to follow his destiny, and Sappho - the only historical figure portrayed here - describes her passion for the cruelly rejecting Phaon. In the poetic letters between Paris and Helen the lovers seem oblivious to the tragedy prophesied for them, while in another exchange the youthful Leander asserts his foolhardy eagerness to risk his life to be with his beloved Hero.
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Publisher
Penguin UK
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Published on
Nov 25, 2004
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Pages
288
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ISBN
9780141913094
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Language
English
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Genres
Literary Collections / Ancient & Classical
Literary Criticism / Ancient & Classical
Poetry / Ancient & Classical
Poetry / Epic
Poetry / General
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