Ovids Metamorphoses

Paperback | July 21, 2004

byElaine Fantham

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Oxford Approaches to Classical Literature (Series Editors: Kathleen Coleman and Richard Rutherford) introduces individual works of Greek and Latin literature to readers who are approaching them for the first time. Each volume sets the work in its literary and historical context, and aims tooffer a balanced and engaging assessment of its content, artistry, and purpose. A brief survey of the influence of the work upon subsequent generations is included to demonstrate its enduring relevance and power. All quotations from the original are translated into English. Ovid's Metamorphoses have been seen as both the culmination of and a revolution in the classical epic tradition, transferring narrative interest from war to love and fantasy. This introduction considers how Ovid found and shaped his narrative from the creation of the world to his own sophisticatedtimes, illustrating the cruelty of jealous gods, the pathos of human love, and the imaginative fantasy of flight, monsters, magic, and illusion. Elaine Fantham introduces the reader not only to this marvelous and complex narrative poem, but to the Greek and Roman traditions behind Ovid's tales oftransformation and a selection of the images and texts that it inspired.

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Oxford Approaches to Classical Literature (Series Editors: Kathleen Coleman and Richard Rutherford) introduces individual works of Greek and Latin literature to readers who are approaching them for the first time. Each volume sets the work in its literary and historical context, and aims tooffer a balanced and engaging assessment of it...

Elaine Fantham is Giger Professor Emerita of Latin at Princeton University.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:192 pages, 5.39 × 8.11 × 0.59 inPublished:July 21, 2004Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:019515410X

ISBN - 13:9780195154108

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Table of Contents

1. Transforming Bodies, Transforming Epic2. Creation, Flood, and Fire3. Cadmus and the Tragic Dynasty of Thebes4. Human Artistry and Divine Jealousy5. The Lives of Women6. Aspects of Love7. Heroes--Old Style and New8. Fantasy, the Fabulous, and the Miraculous Metamorphoses of Nature9. Genre and Narrative: Ovid's Polymorphous Poem10. After OvidAppendix 1Appendix 2Index of PersonsGeneral Index

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"This book is an elegant survey of Ovid's Metamorphoses with some attention to his sources and his successors--also with up-to-date bibliographic surveys of secondary literature relevant to each chapter.... I highly recommend this book for the adult reader of Ovid, for teachers and forupper-level undergraduates and graduate students who want a single-volume comprehensive and sophisticated critical survey of the epic.... Elaine Fantham's little book on Ovid is a valuable addition that will enrich our study of this masterful and influential Roman poet."--James F. Johnson, TheClassical Outlook