Ovid author e j kenney editor introduction a d melville translator 43 out of 5 stars 197 customer reviews see all 7 formats and editions hide other formats and editions. Ovids metamorphoses has greatly influenced western literature and civilization via shakespeare dante and other authors an epic poem that chronicles the creation of the world and its early history this work provides us with a collection of early myths as ovid deftly compiles a sequence of paradoxical narratives translation by ad melville. Ad melville is the author of the erotic poems 410 avg rating 2010 ratings 87 reviews published 2 metamorphoses 404 avg rating 51223 ratings . The theme of the metamorphoses is change and transformation as illustrated in graeco roman myth and legend on this ostensibly unifying thread ovid strings together a vast and kaleidoscopic sequence of brilliant narratives in which the often paradoxical and always arbitrary fates of his human and divine characters reflect the never ending flux and reflux of the universe itself. Metamorphoses the best known poem by one of the wittiest poets of classical antiquity takes as its theme change and transformation as illustrated by greco roman myth and legend melvilles new translation reproduces the grace and fluency of ovids style and its modern idiom offers a fresh understanding of ovids unique and elusive vision of reality
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