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ISBN-10: 014044789X
ISBN-13: 9780140447897
Publisher: Penguin Group
Publish Date: 08/01/2004
Dimensions: 7.80" L, 6.50" W, 1.60" H

Metamorphoses (Revised)

Translator: David Raeburn
Introduction by: Denis Feeney

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Price: $12.00

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Ovid’s sensuous and witty poem, in an accessible translation by David Raeburn

In Metamophoses, Ovid brings together a dazzling array of mythological tales, ingeniously linked by the idea of transformation–often as a result of love or lust–where men and women find themselves magically changed into new and sometimes extraordinary beings. Beginning with the creation of the world and ending with the deification of Augustus, Ovid interweaves many of the best-known myths and legends of ancient Greece and Rome, including Daedalus and Icarus, Pyramus and Thisbe, Pygmalion, Perseus and Andromeda, and the fall of Troy. Erudite but light-hearted, dramatic and yet playful, Metamorphoses has influenced writers and artists throughout the centuries from Shakespeare and Titian to Picasso and Ted Hughes.

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"The Metamorphoses has it all: sex, death, love, violence, gods, mortals, monsters, nymphs, all the great forces, human and natural. With this vital new translation, Stephanie McCarter has not only updated Ovid's epic of transformation for the modern ear and era –- she's done something far more powerful. She's paid rigorous attention to the language of the original and brought to us its ferocity, its sensuality, its beauty, its wit, showing us how we are changed, by time, by violence, by love, by stories, and especially by power. Here is Ovid, in McCarter's masterful hands, refreshed, renewed, and pulsing with life."
–Nina MacLaughlin, author of Wake, Siren: Ovid Resung

"Stephanie McCarter's gorgeous verse translation of the Metamorphoses is ground-breaking not just in its refreshingly accessible approach to Ovid's syntax and formal devices but for how she reframes the controversial subjects that have made Ovid, and Ovidian scholarship, so fraught for contemporary readers. McCarter's translation understands that the Metamorphoses is a complex study of power and desire, and the dehumanizing ways that power asserts itself through and on a variety of bodies. McCarter's deft, musical, and forthright translation returns much needed nuance to Ovid's tropes of violence and change, demonstrating to a new generation of readers how our identities are always in flux, while reminding us all of the Metamorphoses' enduring relevance."
–Paisley Rekdal, author of Nightingale

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ISBN-10: 014044789X
ISBN-13: 9780140447897
Publisher: Penguin Group
Publish Date: 08/01/2004
Dimensions: 7.80" L, 6.50" W, 1.60" H
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