The First Book of Ovid's Metamorphoses: With a Literal Interlinear Translation, and Illustrative Notes (Classic Reprint)

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Ovid's Metamorphoses are put into the hands of children just loosed from their leading-strings, as a mere amusement of the passing hour. Thi8\ series of stories is deserving of a higher rank in literature, than that which is assigned to the familiar illustration of a particular moral, by means of sensible or natural objects and is well worthy the attention of every student desirous to be ao quainted with the origin of ancient superstitions.

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Publius Ovidius Naso (20 March 43 BC--AD 17/18), known as Ovid. Born of an equestrian family in Sulmo, Ovid was educated in rhetoric in Rome but gave it up for poetry. He counted Horace and Propertius among his friends and wrote an elegy on the death of Tibullus. He became the leading poet of Rome but was banished in 8 A.D. by an edict of Augustus to remote Tomis on the Black Sea because of a poem and an indiscretion. Miserable in provincial exile, he died there ten years later. His brilliant, witty, fertile elegiac poems include Amores (Loves), Heroides (Heroines), and Ars Amatoris (The Art of Love), but he is perhaps best known for the Metamorphoses, a marvelously imaginative compendium of Greek mythology where every story alludes to a change in shape. Ovid was admired and imitated throughout the Middle Ages and Renaissance. Chaucer, Spenser, Shakespeare, and Jonson knew his works well. His mastery of form, gift for narration, and amusing urbanity are irresistible.

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