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4.0 out of 5 stars
A well translated text of the poet's masterpiece, 6 Oct. 2000
The Gods, it seems, are not a particularly pleasant bunch of people. I was fascinated at the number of stories I had heard during my life that originated from this book; from Icarus and his wings of wax to even a story in the very same lines as the Romeo and Juliet tragedy. What facinated me most were the explanations of how things came to be. For example, coral was seaweed that was turned to stone by the decapitated head of the Medusa! The very fact that I was able to grasp many of the story lines owes much to Slavitt's expert translation of a text which even to Roman society, must have been a laborious read. Some parts do tend to get confusing, however, but the stories of shape-shifters, centaurs and heroes is more than enough to compensate.