Las Metamorfosis constituyen una obra de madurez en la que Ovidio manifiesta toda la experiencia acumulada en su incesante innovación, modificación y actualización de sus modelos literarios en los géneros cultivados hasta entonces. Se llegó a considerer como la Biblia secular de la Edad Media.
En las Metamorfosis cuenta y explica Ovidio la historia de casi 250 mitos y leyen...more
I was reading Metamorphoses at the cafe a few blocks away from my apartment when a strange man gave me that little terror of a kitten, Monster. ...more
― Ovid, Metamorphoses
Ovid -- the David Bowie of Latin literature. I chewed on this book of myth-poems the entire time I was tramping around Rome. I was looking for the right words to describe my feelings about it. It isn't that I didn't like it. It is an unequivocal masterpiece. I'm amazed by it. I see Ovid's genes in everything (paintings, sculptures, poems and prose). He is both modern ...more
Eventually, the grand tyrant closed his fist over the upper classes, exerting social controls and invoking the ...more
No, I don't think it's unhealthy to have lustful fantasies about Ovid. I don't care what you think! I do very much care that his work was lush, provocative and unforgettable in its revolutionary translation (often taking liberties) of what was at the time contemporary folk literature. A treasury of verse!
The Birth of Narcissus
Narcissus was fathered by Cephisus, who "forcefully ravished" the dark river nymph, Liriope.
Narcissus was so beautiful that, even in his cradle, you could have fallen in love with him.
His family asked a seer whether he would live to a ripe old age. He replied, "Yes, if he does not come to know himself."
At first, it seemed that this reply was innocuous. However, ultimately, according to Ovid, it was proven to be true for two reasons: "the strange madness" ...more
14 March 2014
The first thing that came into my mind as I was reading this book is a concept that was developed by the Ancient Greek philosopher Democritus: matter is never created or destroyed, it only ever changes form. Then there is the idea Ovid explores: the universe in which we live is in a constant state of flux. Granted, this is the second time that I have read this book (and in fact this particular translation, and I do plan on reading it again) and I ...more
1. Jupiter inexplicably rapes the Fair Maiden.
2. Juno uses trickery (trickery!) to cause the Fair Maiden to unwillingly screw everything up.
3. The Fair Maiden cries so much, she makes this river!
4. The Fair Maiden inexplicably turns into a tree. Usually some sort of soliloquoy about the unfairness of the situation ...more
They say leave the best for last, right? My last assigned reading for my classics class happened to be my favorite. It incorporated all the famous myths I already knew (and some unknown ones I haven't heard before) but also put them all in context and sequence.
Ovid's Metamorphoses documents the origin and creation of the world up until the life of the poet himself. There are some familiar segments pulled from The Iliad (my review), The Odyssey , and The Aenei ...more
And while the other creatures on all fours
Look downwards, man was made to hold his head
Erect in majesty and see the sky,
And raise his eyes to the bright stars above.
And out on soaking wings the south wind flew,
His ghastly features veiled in deepest gloom.
His beard was sodden with rain, his white hair drenched;Mists wreathed his brow and streaming water fell
From wings and chest; an ...more
It is set up as an epic, with "Books," just like The Iliad and The Odyssey. However, there is no central protagonist. Instead, it basically tells the history of the world from creation up to the Roman emperor Augustus. It tells this story in snippets, and that is probably how it is best kno ...more
Don't read Ovid's Metamorphoses expecting a novel, or even a single coherent story. It's a series of stories, woven together in a highly flexible framework, which results in some stories being examined at length and others skipped over. There are sto ...more
Diana looks so sweet. Just don't let her catch you looking, or she'll give you antlers and set your own dogs on you.
Between the ages of 8 and 10 I was obsessed with all things Roman & Greek. I had these water-color illustrated books of classic myths and knew them all by heart, even if DID pronounce Eurydice like Yuri-dies. (and still do, apparently). I did eventually move on to other obsessions but it was a joy to revisit some of my favorite stories, even if (or because?) Ovid's versions hav ...more
Nothing remains the same; the great renewer,...more
Nature, makes form from form, and, oh, believe me
That nothing ever dies. What we call birth
Is the beginning of a differe
لطالما أعتقدت أن الديانات القديمة والميثولوجيا المرتبطة بها لدى الحضارات القديمة تنبع في الأصل من عدم قدرة البشر على العيش دون إيمان بوجود قوى عليا تنظم سير حياتهم ورسخ هذا الكتاب الاعتقاد بذلك لدي ..
حيث تدور الأساطير في الأصل حول العقاب الإلهي الأشهر لدى الإغريق وهو مسخ المذنب وتحويله إلى كائن غي ...more
si elle est de chair ou d'ivoire. Et il ne dit plus qu'elle est en ivoire ;
il lui donne des baisers, et pense qu'elle les lui rend ; il lui parle,
l'étreint, croit sentir ses doigts presser les membres qu'ils touchent
et craint que les bras ainsi serrés ne soient marqués de bleus.
Tantôt il lui dispense des caresses, tantôt lui offre des présents
appréciés par les filles : coquillages, beaux galets, petits oiseaux,
des fleurs de mille cou ...more
That's what mythology does, really - it explains not only the natural world, with its many interesting insects and flowers ...more
اووید، ق. م. - ؟م
Metamorphoses, Ovid (from Greek)
Characters: Apollo, Hercules, Venus, Mars, Orpheus
عنوان: «افسانههای دگردیسی اوید»، اثر: «پوبلیوس اویدیوس نسو»؛ برگردان: «میرجلالالدین کزازی»، نشر: تهران، معین، چاپ نخست سال ، در صفحه، شابک: 9789641650348، موضوع: شعر یونانی -- ترجمه شده به فارسی
اووید، یکی از نامآورترین سخنوران «رومی» یا همان «لاتین» است، و میتوان وی را پس از «ویرژیل» و «هومر»، پرآوازهترین سخنسرای لاتین نامید. «افسانههای دگردیسی» در «پنجاه بخش» به نظم درآم ...more
The Greeks and Roma ...more
I actually listened to the Horace Gregory translation, but am citing the print edition because otherwise the pages don't get calculated into one's annual ...more
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