Metamorphoses by Ovid
Translated by Ian
The Metamorphoses by
Publius Ovidus Naso (43 BC-AD17) is, beyond all question, one of the
most famous works from our classical past. It has decisively influence
painters, dramatists, poets, and storytellers from the moment it first
appeared up to the present day and has retained its immense popularity
as a source of classical myths for over two thousand years.
The poem is a long narrative history of the world which incorporates about 250 well known legends and folk tales from Greek and Roman times, starting with the
creation of the world and ending in Imperial Rome at the time of Augustus. Ovid has long been the principal source for such stories. However, the poem is a
great deal more than merely a collection of tales, for it possesses a unique style, widely celebrated for its variety, vividness, narrative energy, and,
above all, wit.
Ian Johnston's new verse translation of this immortal epic brilliantly captures the wonderful spirit of Ovid's poem in a fluent and immediately accessible