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Ovid's Metamorphoses

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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 to offer a balanced and engaging assessment of its content, artistry, and purpose. A b ...more
Hardcover, 192 pages
Published July 1st 2004 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published June 16th 2004)
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Matt
Jun 20, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Wow. That is about the only response to have to the Metamorphoses without knowing a lot more about the book than I do. Though it took me about half the book to clue into this, the poem starts at the beginning of time, and then wends its way through history. But unlike lots of books that take a similar gambit, Ovid doesn't go on to the apocalypse, but instead mostly just leaves us in the present day, which I really liked.

Along the way, Ovid stitches together the creation myths and otherwise of th
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Melissa
Apr 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
Fantham's book on the Metamorphoses is a great introduction for undergraduates and graduates alike. She arranges the text thematically and even in her exposition of the text, she always manages to convey something really revealing about it. Overall, Fantham has a knack for explaining why the Metamorphoses is so profound, so moving, and so important. I fundamentally disagree with her about Ovid and his relation to Augustus (this is the case across her scholarship) and I think the book is lacking ...more
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