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Ovid's Metamorphoses: Bks 6-10 Paperback – 1 Jan 1978

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  • Paperback: 540 pages
  • Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press; New edition edition (1 Jan. 1978)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0806114568
  • ISBN-13: 978-0806114569
  • Product Dimensions: 12.4 x 2.8 x 19 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,247,914 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
use with caution 21 Feb. 2011
By hkim - Published on
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I used this book for class, but as is typical with the text of the Metamorphoses, there were definitely discrepancies throughout the text. I would recommend that you use more than just this text, perhaps the Oxford, in order to compare some areas where creative license was taken. Be sure to skim the notes on translation at the bottom if you're serious about the text. If everyone in your class is using this, not too big a deal since no one will have differences come up in the translation.
4 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Splendid poetry, mediocre reading 25 July 2009
By jdh - Published on
Format: CD-ROM
The poetry is beautiful and I wanted so much to like the reading. Perhaps I'm too much of an Anglophile, but I found this reader's voice too harsh and the reading too unpoetic; the voice got in my way in understanding the text.

In recent years recorded books have attracted many truly gifted actors to interpret the text. Unfortunately, this recording reminded me of the old days, when "books for the blind" (which is how it all started) had little artistic merit but at least were a beginning...

I want a British-trained actor, like Derek Jacoby, to read these heroic poems. I can't recommend the current recording. Unfortunately it's the only one on the market.
2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Insufficient commentary 15 Mar. 2012
By Sobek - Published on
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
This book violates one of my primary pet peeves: It claims to be a commentary yet gives little to no help with grammar and syntax. I am sure there are many valuable insights to be had here, but in a text largely aimed at students, there should be much more help offered for translating the text. Only then will the student be able to appreciate any additional insight offered.
10 of 17 people found the following review helpful
Superb commentary, idiotic previous review. 14 Dec. 2006
By Amazon Customer - Published on
Format: Paperback
The previous reviewer should note that Ovid died in 17 B.C., which would not only make him an early Christian, it would make him the FIRST Christian (Jesus was still a boy). And Ovid was even less of a philosopher. But he was Rome's #1 (or no lower than #1a) poet.

Everthing that Ovid does in the poem serves his wit: from expressive metrical effects to rhetorical flourishes; from the structure of individual episodes to the arrangement of story groups; from the hilariously inventive transitions to narrative innovations.

W.S. Anderson's commentaries show an unmatched sensitivity to Ovid's style.
3 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Ovid was NOT a Christian 24 Mar. 2007
By T. Davina McClain - Published on
Format: Paperback
Just because someone lived in at the same time as Jesus does not make him a Christian--far from it, in fact. Ovid, as you might have noticed if you have read his works, is a poet who write about life, love, power, society, loss, loneliness, and the pain of exile.
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