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Metamorphoses by Ovid
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Nov 21, 2008

I read (about 1/3d) in a library hard back copy.

Clicking on the book icon will expose a fair description of the book. I gave it up because I have scant knowledge of the gods of ancient Greece and Rome.

My impression is that Ovid aimed to entertain with stories about the (familiar to the Romans) human like gods as celebrities. His stories range from Uncle Remus origin tales, like Jove's illicit amours; like Narcissus; tragic romances like Pyranus and Thisbe (later Shanespeare's Romeo and Juliet); bloody battles like that stirred up by jealous Phineus against Perseus; etc.

These amusements are mixed in with (familiar to the Romans) historical places, rulers, and events in more or less random fashion without a clear narrative theme. The emphasis is in the title: metamarphoses.

One striking assertion I noticed is that, according to Ovid, the gods, even Jove, can not revoke an action done by another god. Perhaps this is to accept constancy, e.g. of stras and mountains. Go figure!

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