One of the greatest and most influential texts of antiquity, Metamorphoses
is universally regarded as Ovid’s highest poetical achievement. Divided into fifteen books dealing with the creation of the world, earth, its phenomena and a host of Greek myths and legends, Ovid’s book has ingrained itself into the collective mind of our Western culture, sparking an infinite number of imitations and spin-off works to the present day.
Rolfe Humphries’s faithful blank-verse translation of the original’s hexameters shows a definite kinship for Ovid’s swift and colloquial language, and a poetical manner in tune with the wit and sophistication of the Roman poet. Through Humphries’s version, the modern reader will be able to rediscover a major treasury of classical mythology which has perennially stimulated the imagination of men.
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