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Ovid's Metamorphoses : Oxford Approaches to Classical Literature - Elaine Fantham

Ovid's Metamorphoses

Oxford Approaches to Classical Literature

Hardcover Published: 1st July 2004
ISBN: 9780195154092
Number Of Pages: 192

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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 brief survey of the influence of the work upon subsequent generations is included to demonstrate its enduring relevance and power. All quotations from the original are translated into English.
Ovid's Metamorphoses have been seen as both the culmination of and a revolution in the classical epic tradition, transferring narrative interest from war to love and fantasy. This introduction considers how Ovid found and shaped his narrative from the creation of the world to his own sophisticated times, illustrating the cruelty of jealous gods, the pathos of human love, and the imaginative fantasy of flight, monsters, magic, and illusion. Elaine Fantham introduces the reader not only to this marvelous and complex narrative poem, but to the Greek and Roman traditions behind Ovid's tales of transformation and a selection of the images and texts that it inspired.

Transforming Bodies, Transforming Epic
Creation, Flood, and Fire
Cadmus and the Tragic Dynasty of Thebes
Human Artistry and Divine Jealousy
The Lives of Women
Aspects of Love
Heroes--Old Style and New
Fantasy, the Fabulous, and the Miraculous Metamorphoses of Nature
Genre and Narrative: Ovid's Polymorphous Poem
After Ovid
Index of Persons
General Index
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ISBN: 9780195154092
ISBN-10: 0195154096
Series: Oxford Approaches to Classical Literature
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 192
Published: 1st July 2004
Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 14.6  x 1.9
Weight (kg): 0.34