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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford Paperbacks (8 May 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0199540330
  • ISBN-13: 978-0199540334
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 1.8 x 12.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 33,074 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'Melville has worked a miracle. It is difficult to imagine that there will ever be an English version so faithful to the Latin, and written in such sound and engaging verse.'The Times.

'Melville has worked a miracle ... It is difficult to imagine that there will ever be an English version so faithful to the Latin, and written in such sound and engaging verse.' David West, The Times

'a new, faithful yet engaging translation ... Ovid was a brilliant, innovative, elegant, witty and ironic poet, who has entertained readers for thousands of years and this new version will give pleasure to many more.' Day by Day

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I'd meant in solemn metre to rehearse A tale of arms and war and violence, Matching the weighty matter with my verse, All lines alike in lengthâ ”no difference; But Cupid laughed (they say) And filched one foot away. Read the first page
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By MR M T DAVIES on 30 April 2013
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I think all Melville's translations of Ovid are excellent - they are accurate and they really catch the spirit of the original.
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By Khosro on 28 Jan. 2015
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By Dennis Whomsley on 25 Nov. 2014
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Far better than expected.
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By Elinor J Hawke on 18 Dec. 2014
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Look elsewhere 1 Feb. 2009
By Andrew Spencer - Published on Amazon.com
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Melville's translation fails for one specific reason: the Latin text is not translated faithfully, and he sacrifices an accurate representation for producing rhyming English verse. I should remind potential readers that Latin poets did not produce rhyming poetry, and the tendency for English-speaking scholars to do this is a rather out-dated, 19th century (and earlier) practice. Look to Peter Green's Penguin translation, which is a much better translation of these excellent poems.
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Beautiful Poetry, Prudish Editor 13 Nov. 2007
By Mary - Published on Amazon.com
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The poetry here is racy, beautiful, funny, and provocative. The translations are well done (who am I to judge?), preserving the original intent and meaning, but the notes tend a little on the prudish side. While the notes are invaluable for a serious student (me), and especially since some translations of Ovid's Amores have no notes, this editor leaves out some pertinent information about Caesar Augustus, and family, who ruled at the time of publication, and whom Ovid addresses occasionally in his works. Also, the translator admittedly prefers the Metamorphoses, seemingly because it is gentler and more mature, so I am left wondering whether this colored his translation of the Amores--it's racy, but is it as racy as the original?
Superb translation. 14 Feb. 2013
By Jack Alan Robbins - Published on Amazon.com
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Ovid in some ways the most important of the ancient Roman poets, as author of The Metamorphosis, the compendium of ancients myths well told and enjoyably readable. This is his volumes of "love" and "romance guidance" poems brought together and make excellent and enjoyable reading.
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By Bullshotinbutt - Published on Amazon.com
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Wonderful and came in perfect time for the class.
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Ovid everyday 1 Nov. 2008
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I see it as this: everyone should have some writers or books to constantly go back to, and re-read as time goes on, this Dryden translation of Ovid is such a masterpiece that I go back to it as much as I can.
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