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The Metamorphoses


The Metamorphoses

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My design leads me to speak of forms changed into new bodies. Ye Gods, (for you it was who changed them,) favor my attempts, and bring down the lengthened narrative from the very beginning of the world, even to my own times.

David Horovitch's richly enunciated delivery is a superb vehicle for the classical style, with its elevated diction and its elaborate rhetorical and poetic figures. Ovid poses a special challenge, and only a reader with expert pacing, matched with a sensitivity to nuances of tone and language, could deliver this text to its full impact. This Ovid is a delight. Horovitch expresses both Ovid's elegance and his lightness of touch. A word like 'nectar' drips with honeyed sweetness, and even 'water' sounds multisyllabic. Ovid's tales of change and transformation 'Actaeon into a stag, Zeus into a bull, the whole of reality in a constant state of metamorphosis' offer as enduring a vision as any in literature. Horovitch has a great voice for the classics. --D.A.W., AudioFileI hadn't realised before what a comprehensive collection of stories it contains: Greek and Roman myths, but also Roman history up to the time of Julius Caesar. One story leads to another like Chinese puzzle balls, some tragic, some erotic, some satirical. No wonder it has been influential ever since it was completed in AD8. David Horovitch's warm, trenchant voice is perfect for Johnston's graceful and natural-sounding lines. --Christina Hardyment, The Times --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

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  • PDF | 386 pages
  • Ovid(Author)
  • CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (8 Oct. 2016)
  • English
  • 10
  • Science Fiction & Fantasy
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  • By thed0dgydancer on 11 March 2013

    This story features all the exciting and compelling gods, goddesses, demigods, heroes, mortals, nymphs, and mythical creatures we hold with such reverence and awe. This brilliantly weaves all the tales of the gods and goddesses of ancient Greece/Rome in an anarchic yet elegant way through their misdeeds and exertions. Its fun and not pretentious, yet simultaneously the translation perfectly captures the majesty and poetic intricacy of how the gods are untameable like their lusts and unquenchable passions. It effortlessly blends humour with the pain of the characters, making the gods feel ... real. I could not recommend it more for its astonishingly graceful style.

  • By Julie on 17 April 2016

    Great poetry in a beautifully bound book. I love it both to read and look at.

  • By James on 25 February 2014

    Ovid is difficult to read so it is very good for the car or bedtime on audio books. This is a must for anyone interested in Classics

  • By Geert Potters on 2 January 2016

    For those who do not have the time to read the full Latin, I can recommend this easily readable translation which captures the flavour of original Ovid.

  • By LadyO on 30 September 2016

    Delivery was super fast even for prime. I ordered it before I went to bed and when I woke up it had arrived. Very handy as it was needed for my morning lecture. The book was in fantastic condition and I can't wait to read it.

  • By Isabella Rhodes on 13 January 2016

    Lovely book, goes well with my collection of classics.

  • By Mrs KT Degroot on 5 November 2015

    great product well packed prompt delivery Thanks!

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