The Metamorphoses of Ovid

The Metamorphoses of Ovid


By (author) Ovid, Translated by David R. Slavitt

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  • Format: Paperback | 360 pages
  • Dimensions: 152mm x 231mm x 25mm | 522g
  • Publication date: 1 May 1994
  • Publication City/Country: Baltimore, MD
  • ISBN 10: 0801847982
  • ISBN 13: 9780801847981
  • Illustrations note: black & white illustrations
  • Sales rank: 970,314

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First published in 8 A.D. when he was 52, Ovid's epic poem contains profoundly entertaining tales of Adonis, Midas, Apollo, Icarus, and many others. (Poetry)

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David R. Slavitt, poet, novelist, critic, and journalist, has published more than fifty books. His translations include the Metamorphoses of Ovid, The Fables of Avianus, the "Eclogues" and "Georgics" of Virgil, and Seneca: The Tragedies, Vols. 1 and 2, all available from Johns Hopkins.

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The best version of Ovid's Metamorphoses available in English today... It is readable, alive, at times slangy, and actually catches Ovid's tone. Philadelphia Inquirer No one can deny the merits of Slavitt's version. His English hexameter is a great success-a supple, fluid, and versatile medium that does Ovid's loosening of the Virgilian line full justice. And at his best he is very good indeed. -- Bernard Knox New York Review of Books 1998