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Metamorphoses

The New, Annotated Edition

Ovid Rolfe Humphries Ovid

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Indiana University Press
13 April 2018
Ovid's Metamorphoses is one of the most influential works of Western literature, inspiring artists and writers from Titian to Shakespeare to Salman Rushdie. These are some of the most famous Roman myths as you've never read them before-sensuous, dangerously witty, audacious-from the fall of Troy to birth of the minotaur, and many others that only appear in the Metamorphoses. Connected together by the immutable laws of change and metamorphosis, the myths tell the story of the world from its creation up to the transformation of Julius Caesar from man into god.

In the ten-beat, unrhymed lines of this now-legendary and widely praised translation, Rolfe Humphries captures the spirit of Ovid's swift and conversational language, bringing the wit and sophistication of the Roman poet to modern readers.

This special annotated edition includes new, comprehensive commentary and notes by Joseph D. Reed, Professor of Classics and Comparative Literature at Brown University.
By:   Ovid, Ovid
Translated by:   Rolfe Humphries
Imprint:   Indiana University Press
Country of Publication:   United States
Edition:   Annotated edition
Dimensions:   Height: 229mm,  Width: 152mm, 
ISBN:   9780253033598
ISBN 10:   0253033594
Pages:   532
Publication Date:   13 April 2018
Audience:   Professional and scholarly ,  Undergraduate
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active
INTRODUCTION BOOK ONE The Creation The Four Ages Jove's Intervention The Story of Lycaon The Flood Deucalion and Pyrrha Apollo and Daphne Jove and Io BOOK TWO The Story of Phaethon Jove in Arcady The Story of the Raven The Story of Ocyrhoe Mercury and Battus Mercury, Herse, and Aglauros The House of the Goddess Envy Europa BOOK THREE The Story of Cadmus The Story of Actaeon The Story of Semele The Story of Tiresias The Story of Echo and Narcissus The Story of Pentheus and Bacchus BOOK FOUR The Story of Pyramus and Thisbe The Story of Mars and Venus The Sun-god and Leucothoe The Story of Salmacis The End of the Daughters of Minyas The Story of Athamas and Ino The End of Cadmus The Story of Perseus BOOK FIVE The Fighting of Perseus Minerva Visits the Muses BOOK SIX The Story of Niobe The Story of Tereus, Procne, and Philomela BOOK SEVEN The Story of Jason and Medea War Between Crete and Athens The Story of Cephalus and Procris BOOK EIGHT The Story of Nisus and Scylla The Story of Daedalus and Icarus The Calydonian Boar The Brand of Meleager The Return of Theseus The Story of Baucis and Philemon The Story of Erysichthon BOOK NINE The Story of Achelous' Duel for Deianira The Story of Hercules, Nessus, and Deianira The Story of Hercules' Birth The Story of Dry ope The Story of Caunus and Byblis The Story of Iphis and Lanthe BOOK TEN The Story of Orpheus and Eurydice The Story of Cyparissus The Story of Ganymede The Story of Apollo and Hyacinthus Two Incidents of Venus Anger The Story of Pygmalion The Story of Cinyras and Myrrha The Story of Adonis Venus Tells Adonis the Story of Atalanta The Fate of Adonis BOOK ELEVEN The Death of Orpheus The Story of Midas Midas Never Learns The Building of the Walls of Troy The Story of Thetis Ceyx Tells the Story of Daedalion The Story of Peleus' Cattle The Quest of Ceyx The Story of Aesacus and Hesperia BOOK TWELVE The Invasion of Troy Nestor Tells the Story of Caeneus Story of the Battle with the Centaurs Nestor Is Asked Why He Omitted Hercules BOOK THIRTEEN The Argument between Ajax and Ulysses After the Fall The Sacrifice of Polyxena The Discovery of Polydorus The Story of Memnon The Pilgrimage of Aeneas The Story of Anius' Daughters The Pilgrimage Resumed The Story of Galatea The Song of Polyphemus The Transformation of Acis The Story of Glaucus BOOK FOURTEEN The Story of Glaucus Continued The Pilgrimage of Aeneas Resumed Achaemenides Tells His Story The Story of Picus The Pilgrimage of Aeneas Resumed The Narrative of Diomedes The Return of Venulus The Deification of Aeneas Legendary History of Rome Pomona and Vertumnus The Story of Iphis and Anaxarete More Early Roman History BOOK FIFTEEN The Succession of Numa The Teachings of Pythagoras The Return of Numa The Story of Hippolytus The Story of Cipus The Story of Aesculapius The Deification of Caesar The Epilogue COMMENTARY by Joseph D. Reed EXPANDED GLOSSARY AND INDEX

Poet and critic Rolfe Humphries (1894-1969) also translated Virgil's Aeneid, Lucretius's On the Nature of Things, Ovid's Art of Love, and Juvenal's Satires. Joseph D. Reed is Professor of Classics and Comparative Literature at Brown University. He is the author of Virgil's Gaze: Nation and Poetry in the Aeneid.

Reviews for Metamorphoses: The New, Annotated Edition

So easy to read that one may have to think twice to realize these tales are nearly 2000 years old. * Washington Post * One of the most captivating books ever written, a whole library of love stories, murder stories, horror stories, fairy stories, and adventure stories. . . Humphries's version. . . has the sound merits of directness, unpretentiousness and integrity. . . [His English is] swift, lucid . . . and admirably suited to its general purpose, the telling of a story. * The New York Times * Not too many 12,000-line translations from the '50s are still in print, let alone getting a brand new set of annotations. About those I wanna say: jam a bookmark back there and read every single note. They're the real thing, impossible to fake. . . . As for the translation as a whole, the main thing it's got going for it is clarity. I, for one, felt I was able to pay attention to the stuff like never before. . . . So I say double thumbs up to Humphries and Reed. Recommended. * RHINO * Reed's annotated edition of Ovid's realistic, moving, and influential classic can now easily be adopted for classroom use, and it will also serve the curious who wish to know more about this unparalleled, captivating array of Roman mythology. . . . Highly recommended. * Choice * Joseph Reed's annotation of Rolfe Humphries' translation of Ovid's Metamorphoses strikes an impressive balance between accessibility for general readers with no Latin and detailed analysis for advanced Classics students and researchers. * Classical Journal Review * It is very much alive, fresh, racy, and above all, vivid. . . .Humphries reproduces most successfully the speed and animation of Ovid's narrative, its modernity, its gaiety, and its tenderness. * Classical Review * One of the most captivating books ever written, a whole library of love stories, murder stories, horror stories, fairy stories, and adventure stories. . . Humphries's version. . . has the sound merits of directness, unpretentiousness and integrity. . . [His English is] swift, lucid . . . and admirably suited to its general purpose, the telling of a story. -New York Times It is very much alive, fresh, racy, and above all, vivid. . . .Humphries reproduces most successfully the speed and animation of Ovid's narrative, its modernity, its gaiety, and its tenderness. -Classical Review So easy to read that one may have to think twice to realize these tales are nearly 2000 years old. -Washington Post


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