De natura deorum: liber 1, Book 13

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Cambridge University Press, Nov 2, 2000 - History - 252 pages
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This volume presents the Latin text, with an Introduction and full commentary, of Book XIII of the Roman poet Ovid's long work Metamorphoses. It discusses in detail Ovid's treatment of his sources and sets out the ways in which he has adapted earlier literature as material for his novel enterprise. Guidance is offered on points of language and style, and the Introduction treats in general terms the themes of metamorphosis and the structure of the poem as a whole.
 

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Contents

INTRODUCTION
1
2 STRUCTURE AND THEMES
6
THE JUDGEMENT OF ARMS
9
HECUBA
22
MEMNON
27
ANIUS AND HIS DAUGHTERS
29
ACIS GALATEA AND POLYPHEMUS SCYLLA GLAUCUS AND CIRCE
34
THE TEXT AND APPARATUS CRITICUS
44
P OVIDI NASONIS METAMORPHOSEON LIBER TERTIVS DECIMVS
47
COMMENTARY
78
BIBLIOGRAPHY
239
INDEXES
245
2 Latin words
250
3 Passages discussed
252
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Publius Ovidius Naso (20 March 43 BC--AD 17/18), known as Ovid. Born of an equestrian family in Sulmo, Ovid was educated in rhetoric in Rome but gave it up for poetry. He counted Horace and Propertius among his friends and wrote an elegy on the death of Tibullus. He became the leading poet of Rome but was banished in 8 A.D. by an edict of Augustus to remote Tomis on the Black Sea because of a poem and an indiscretion. Miserable in provincial exile, he died there ten years later. His brilliant, witty, fertile elegiac poems include Amores (Loves), Heroides (Heroines), and Ars Amatoris (The Art of Love), but he is perhaps best known for the Metamorphoses, a marvelously imaginative compendium of Greek mythology where every story alludes to a change in shape. Ovid was admired and imitated throughout the Middle Ages and Renaissance. Chaucer, Spenser, Shakespeare, and Jonson knew his works well. His mastery of form, gift for narration, and amusing urbanity are irresistible.

Neil Hopkinson is Fellow in Classics at Trinity College, Cambridge.

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