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The Metamorphoses of Ovid by Ovid
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it was amazing
Read 2 times. Last read April 25, 2018 to May 1, 2018.

Very enjoyable translation indeed. Highly recommended. But much will depend on how much you are put off by some expanding of the original, and some rhyme (both internal and line-end). For example:

"A fisherman, who with his pliant rod
was angling there below, caught sight of them;
and then a shepherd leaning on his staff
and, too, a peasant leaning on his plow
saw them and were dismayed: they thought that these
must surely be some gods, sky-voyaging.

Now on their left they had already passed
the isle of Samos – Juno’s favorite –
Delos, and Paros, and Calymne, rich
In honey, and Labinthos, on the right.
The boy had now begun to take delight
in his audacity; he left his guide
and, fascinated by the open sky,
flew higher: and the scorching sun was close;
the fragrant wax that bound his wings grew soft,
then melted. As he beats upon the air,
his arms can get no grip; they’re wingless – bare.

The father – though that word is hollow now –
cried: “Icarus ! Where are you ?” And that cry
echoed again, until he caught sight
of feathers on the surface of the sea.
And Daedalus cursed his own artistry,
then built a tomb to house his dear son’s body.
There, where the boy was buried, now his name
remains: that island is Icaria."

Also you can read a nice bit online here:

Personally I quite liked the Arachne section included in the doc above, but these things are all a matter of taste.
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Reading Progress

Finished Reading (Other Paperback Edition)
February 21, 2013 – Shelved (Other Paperback Edition)
April 25, 2018 – Started Reading
April 25, 2018 – Shelved
April 25, 2018 –
page 20
3.58% "ending my 2 months of Roman lit with a different translation of this incredible work."
April 29, 2018 –
page 40
7.16% "So after my wife’s 40th birthday party last night, drinking my body weight in vodka, and getting to bed at 5am, I now feel like I am dying. The last time I got drunk was about 3 years ago. So my body is now very angry with me. Ovid is actually helping a little though. Though my hands holding the book are shaking"
May 1, 2018 – Finished Reading

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