Les métamorphoses, Volumen1

Les Belles Lettres, 1994 - 147 páginas
English summary: If the metamorphoses stories were very popular throughout antiquity and especially during the Alexandrian period, the collection of Ovid is by far the most famous. Written before the exile of the poet, the books of the Metamorphoses XV relate not only transformations, such as Daphne (Book I) or Hyacinthe (book X), but also cosmogony (Book I), and the apotheosis of Julius Caesar (Book XV). Our three-volume edition includes this masterpiece of the mythological poetry. Volume I contains a rich introduction that provides a documented study of the kind of metamorphosis from its origins to the Hellenistic Antoninus Liberalis. The history of the collection and its translations are presented in a clear and concise manner, as well as the extensive manuscript tradition. Each book is preceded by a summary to circulate easily in the text and copious notes illuminate the various mythological allusions. Volume III is also accompanied by a valuable index of names. French description: Si les recits de metamorphoses furent tres populaires pendant toute l'Antiquite et notamment pendant la periode alexandrine, le recueil d'Ovide est de loin le plus celebre. Ecrits avant l'exil du poete, les XV livres des Metamorphoses relatent non seulement des transformations, comme celle de Daphne (livre I) ou de Hyacinthe (livre X), mais aussi la cosmogonie (livre I) et l'apotheose de Jules Cesar (livre XV). Notre edition regroupe en trois tomes ce chef-d'oeuvre de la poesie mythologique. Le tome I contient une riche introduction qui fournit une etude documentee du genre de la metamorphose depuis ses origines hellenistiques jusqu'a Antoninus Liberalis. L'histoire du recueil et de ses traductions est presentee de maniere claire et synthetique, de meme que l'abondante tradition manuscrite. Chaque livre est precede d'un resume permettant de circuler aisement dans le texte et des notes abondantes eclairent les diverses allusions mythologiques. Le tome III est en outre assorti d'un precieux index nominum.

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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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