Ovid

Publius Ovidus Naso was born in 43 BC in central Italy. He was sent to Rome where he realised that his talent lay with poetry rather than with politics. His first published work was 'Amores', a collection of short love poems. However he was expelled in AD 8 by Emperor Augustus for an unknown reason. He went to Tomis on the Black Sea where he died in AD 17.
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Ovid
The Metamorphoses of Ovid offers to the modern world such a key to the literary and religious culture of the ancients that it becomes an important event when at last a good poet comes up with a translation into English verse." —John Crowe Ransom

... a charming and expert English version, which is right in tone for the Metamorphoses."—Francis Fergusson

This new Ovid, fresh and faithful, is right for our time and should help to restore a great reputation." —Mark Van Doren

The first and still the best modern verse translation of the Metamorphoses, Humphries’ version of Ovid’s masterpiece captures its wit, merriment, and sophistication.

Everyone will enjoy this first modern translation by an American poet of Ovid’s great work, the major treasury of classical mythology, which has perennially stimulated the minds of men. In this lively rendering there are no stock props of the pastoral and no literary landscaping, but real food on the table and sometimes real blood on the ground.

Not only is Ovid’s Metamorphoses a collection of all the myths of the time of the Roman poet as he knew them, but the book presents at the same time a series of love poems—about the loves of men, women, and the gods. There are also poems of hate, to give the proper shading to the narrative. And pervading all is the writer’s love for this earth, its people, its phenomena.

Using ten-beat, unrhymed lines in his translation, Rolfe Humphries shows a definite kinship for Ovid’s swift and colloquial language and Humphries’ whole poetic manner is in tune with the wit and sophistication of the Roman poet.

Book 10
Shakespeare's favourite poet, deserves a place in the digital library of all lovers of classic literature. The Ancient Classics series provides eReaders with the wisdom of the Classical world, with both English translations and the original Latin and Greek texts. This comprehensive eBook presents the complete works of Ovid, with beautiful illustrations, informative introductions and the usual Delphi bonus material. (6MB Version 1)
* Beautifully illustrated with images relating to Ovid's life and works
* Features the complete works of Ovid, in both English translation and the original Latin texts
* Concise introductions to the poetry and other works
* Provides both verse and prose translations of the METAMORPOHOSES and the AMOURS
* Includes translations previously appearing in Loeb Classical Library editions of Ovid’s works
* Images of famous paintings that have been inspired by Ovid’s works
* Excellent formatting of the texts
* Easily locate the poems or works you want to read with individual contents tables
* Includes Ovid's rare works IBIS, TRISTIA and EX PONTO, first time in digital print
* Features a bonus biography - discover Ovid's ancient world
* Scholarly ordering of texts into chronological order and literary genres
CONTENTS:
The Translations
AMOURS (VERSE)
AMOURS (PROSE)
HEROIDES
WOMEN’S COSMETICS
TO ART OF LOVE
LOVE’S CURE
METAMORPHOSES (VERSE)
METAMORPHOSES (PROSE)
FASTI
IBIS
TRISTIA
EPISTULAE EX PONTO
The Latin Texts
LIST OF LATIN TEXTS
The Biography
THE LIFE AND WORKS OF OVID by Arthur Leslie Wheeler
Ovid
'Times and their reasons, arranged in order through the Latin year, and constellations sunk beneath the earth and risen, I shall sing.' Ovid's poetical calendar of the Roman year is both a day by day account of festivals and observances and their origins, and a delightful retelling of myths and legends associated with particular dates. Written in the late years of the emperor Augustus, and cut short when the emperor sent the poet into exile, the poem's tone ranges from tragedy to farce, and its subject matter from astronomy and obscure ritual to Roman history and Greek mythology. Among the stories Ovid tells at length are those of Arion and the dolphin, the rape of Lucretia, the shield that fell from heaven, the adventures of Dido's sister, the Great Mother's journey to Rome, the killing of Remus, the bloodsucking birds, and the murderous daughter of King Servius. The poem also relates a wealth of customs and beliefs, such as the unluckiness of marrying in May. This new prose translation is lively and accurate, and is accompanied by a contextualizing introduction and helpful notes. ABOUT THE SERIES: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the widest range of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, helpful notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.
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