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Book the First Of bodies chang d to various forms, I sing The world is a constant changes Everything moves and one thing always changes into the other.The earth was created by the god unknown as a sphere hanging in space And life there was an idyll no crimes, no enmity no wars From veins of vallies, milk and nectar broke And honey sweating through the pores of oak But then the human history started and the deterioration began Truth, modesty, and shame, the world forsook Fraud, avari Book the First Of bodies chang d to various forms, I sing The world is a constant changes Everything moves and one thing always changes into the other.The earth was created by the god unknown as a sphere hanging in space And life there was an idyll no crimes, no enmity no wars From veins of vallies, milk and nectar broke And honey sweating through the pores of oak But then the human history started and the deterioration began Truth, modesty, and shame, the world forsook Fraud, avarice, and force, their places took Sins multiply and on observing the cases of cannibalism, Jove decides to destroy the sinful seed with the global deluge and to plant new generation of human beings sowing stones and turning them into males and females What the man threw, assum d a manly face And what the wife, renew d the female race And then the multiple, fantastic and fabulous metamorphoses of deities commenced Changes, alterations, transformations Book the Second Now it s time for incompetent Phaeton to take his disastrous trip through the sky Th astonisht youth, where e er his eyes cou d turn, Beheld the universe around him burn And the corresponding place in the Bible Then the Lord rained upon Sodom and upon Gomorrah brimstone and fire from the Lord out of heaven Genesis 19 24 Both events are probably the references to the Minoan eruption of Thera, which was a major catastrophic volcanic eruption in recorded history.Arrogant deities keep intriguing, fornicating and stealing shamelessly They are ready to use any means Livid and meagre were her looks, her eye In foul distorted glances turn d awry A hoard of gall her inward parts possess d, And spread a greenness o er her canker d breast Her teeth were brown with rust, and from her tongue, In dangling drops, the stringy poison hung This description of Envy is flowery and magnificent.Deception and revenge are the way of Gods Book the Third No one, except the major deities, is safe from a pernicious metamorphosis and fatal perishment Transformations are miraculous and unpredictable Actaeon into a stag Tiresias into a woman Narcissus into a flower Echo into an incorporeal voice and mariners into dolphins The archetype of dragon seems to have been known since the most ancient times And the sowing of the dragon s teeth have afterwards become the attribute of many fairytales He sows the teeth at Pallas s command, And flings the future people from his hand The story of Tiresias as an arbiter of male and female sexual pleasures is the most picturesque The sense of pleasure in the male is far More dull and dead, than what you females share Juno the truth of what was said deny d Tiresias therefore must the cause decide, For he the pleasure of each sex had try d Much earlier Tiresias appears in Homer s Odyssey as a prophetic ghost in the land of the dead.In the last century Tiresias was mentioned in the progressive rock song The Cinema Show by Genesis Once a man, like the sea I raged, Once a woman, like the earth I gave The tale of Narcissus is an allegory of egocentrism and the story of Pentheus is a fable of the foolish obduracy Book the Fourth An intrigue of The Story of Pyramus and Thisbe, especially in the end, reminds of that in Romeo and Juliet Then in his breast his shining sword he drown d, And fell supine, extended on the ground As out again the blade lie dying drew, Out spun the blood, and streaming upwards flew Now it is clear where the inspiration came from As when the stock and grafted twig combin d Shoot up the same, and wear a common rind Both bodies in a single body mix, A single body with a double sex The image of Hermaphroditus was integrated both in poetry and in modern pop culture Where between sleep and life some brief space is, With love like gold bound round about the head, Sex to sweet sex with lips and limbs is wed, Turning the fruitful feud of hers and his To the waste wedlock of a sterile kiss Algernon Charles Swinburne Hermaphroditus From a dense forest of tall dark pinewood, Mount Ida rises like an island Within a hidden cave, nymphs had kept a child Hermaphroditus, son of gods, so afraid of their love Genesis The Fountain of SalmacisThe gods have a rich imagination and a wry sense of humour so the miraculous changes they work on the others are unpredictable Book the Fifth The description of the massacre at the feast is a pure satire Who can be a match for Perseus possessing such a mighty weapon of mass destruction as Medusa s head Weak was th usurper, as his cause was wrong Where Gorgon s head appears, what arms are strong When Perseus to his host the monster held, They soon were statues, and their king expell d Lewd Pyreneus decided to keep all the Muses in his private harem but they turned into birds and flew away while the unlucky libertine lacking creative imagination just fell from a tower Then, in a flying posture wildly plac d, And daring from that height himself to cast, The wretch fell headlong, and the ground bestrew d With broken bones, and stains of guilty blood And the tale of Ceres and Proserpine is one of the archetypal myths explaining the existence of seasons Jove some amends for Ceres lost to make, Yet willing Pluto shou d the joy partake, Gives em of Proserpine an equal share, Who, claim d by both, with both divides the year The Goddess now in either empire sways, Six moons in Hell, and six with Ceres stays Book the Sixth In the tales of Arachne and Niobe Ovid just ridicules the vainglory and smugness of gods and their unmotivated cruelty too Next she design d Asteria s fabled rape, When Jove assum d a soaring eagle s shape And shew d how Leda lay supinely press d, Whilst the soft snowy swan sate hov ring o er her breast, How in a satyr s form the God beguil d, When fair Antiope with twins he fill d Then, like Amphytrion, but a real Jove, In fair Alcmena s arms he cool d his love Arachne s tapestry is a set of sheer evidences against gods lechery and she has obviously won but Goddess in fury destroyed the masterpiece and turned Arachne into a spider This the bright Goddess passionately mov d, With envy saw, yet inwardly approv d The scene of heav nly guilt with haste she tore, Nor longer the affront with patience bore A boxen shuttle in her hand she took, Andthan once Arachne s forehead struck And so it is with a coldblooded murder of Niobe s children.The tale of Tereus, Procne and Philomela is something like a horror mystery told in the goriest hues But soon her tongue the girding pinchers strain, With anguish, soon she feels the piercing pain Oh father father would fain have spoke, But the sharp torture her intention broke In vain she tries, for now the blade has cut Her tongue sheer off, close to the trembling root This book is a very sanguinary one Book the Seventh Medea knows her witchcraft In a large cauldron now the med cine boils, Compounded of her late collected spoils, Blending into the mesh the various pow rs Of wonder working juices, roots, and flow rs With gems i th eastern ocean s cell refin d, And such as ebbing tides had left behind To them the midnight s pearly dew she flings, A scretch owl s carcase, and ill boding wings Nor could the wizard wolf s warm entrails scape That wolf who counterfeits a human shape Fillet of a fenny snake, In the cauldron boil and bake Eye of newt and toe of frog, Wool of bat and tongue of dog, Adder s fork and blind worm s sting, Lizard s leg and howlet s wing, For a charm of pow rful trouble, Like a hell broth boil and bubble William Shakespeare MacbethThe methods of witches and their cooking recipes hardly changed since Ovid s time.This book seems to be less impressive than the previous ones Book the Eighth The greater part of the book is the tales of traitorous Scylla and hunting for the ferocious boar.The most famous legends of Minotaur These private walls the Minotaur include, Who twice was glutted with Athenian blood But the third tributesuccessful prov d, Slew the foul monster, and the plague remov d When Theseus, aided by the virgin s art, Had trac d the guiding thread thro ev ry part, He took the gentle maid, that set him free, And, bound for Dias, cut the briny sea There, quickly cloy d, ungrateful, and unkind, Left his fair consort in the isle behind and Icarus When now the boy, whose childish thoughts aspire To loftier aims, and make him ramble high r, Grown wild, and wanton,embolden d flies Far from his guide, and soars among the skies The soft ning wax, that felt a nearer sun, Dissolv d apace, and soon began to run The youth in vain his melting pinions shakes, His feathers gone, no longer air he takes Oh Father, father, as he strove to cry, Down to the sea he tumbled from on high, And found his Fate yet still subsists by fame, Among those waters that retain his name are told just en passant And the beautiful story of Philemon and Baucis is most warmhearted and even romantic Book the Ninth Vicissitudes of love keep ruling over both gods and mortals I liked how an origin of cornucopia was described Nor yet his fury cool d twixt rage and scorn, From my maim d front he tore the stubborn horn This, heap d with flow rs, and fruits, the Naiads bear, Sacred to plenty, and the bounteous year And the process of turning of Heracles into a constellation was beautiful So when Alcides mortal mold resign d, His better part enlarg d, and grew refin d August his visage shone almighty Jove In his swift carr his honour d offspring drove High o er the hollow clouds the coursers fly, And lodge the hero in the starry sky I especially enjoyed the tale of Iphis and Ianthe Even Egyptian goddess Isis had her finger in the pie she assisted two girls in love with each other transforming one of them into a youth making thus their love legal Not much in fear, nor fully satisfy d But Iphis follow d with a larger stride The whiteness of her skin forsook her face Her looks embolden d with an awful grace Her features, and her strength together grew, And her long hair to curling locks withdrew Her sparkling eyes with manly vigour shone, Big was her voice, audacious was her tone The latent parts, at length reveal d, began To shoot, and spread, and burnish into man The maid becomes a youth nodelay Your vows, but look, and confidently pay All we need is love Book the Tenth Story of Orpheus and Eurydice seems to be most popular in the world of poetry, arts, literature and even music And Never look back is also an archetypal motif in myths, the Bible Lot s wife and many fairytales all over the world They well nigh now had pass d the bounds of night, And just approach d the margin of the light, When he, mistrusting lest her steps might stray, And gladsome of the glympse of dawning day, His longing eyes, impatient, backward cast To catch a lover s look, but look d his last For, instant dying, she again descends, While he to empty air his arms extends Pygmalion carved his statue in ivory Yet fearing idleness, the nurse of ill, In sculpture exercis d his happy skill And carv d in iv ry such a maid, so fair, As Nature could not with his art compare so it couldn t be bigger than a figurine or a statuette but the story goes as if it were lifesize.And the clinical case of Myrrha s incestual lust is told in a weird psychoanalytical style of Sigmund Freud.And anemone is an extremely anemic flower Still here the Fate of lovely forms we see, So sudden fades the sweet Anemonie The feeble stems, to stormy blasts a prey, Their sickly beauties droop, and pine away Book the Eleventh Orpheus has met the bitter end he was ripped to shreds by drunken Maenads His mangled limbs lay scatter d all around, His head, and harp a better fortune found In Hebrus streams they gently roul d along, And sooth d the waters with a mournful song Somehow, this reminded me of the mass hysteria of the Beatles concerts in the middle of the sixties Ever since my childhood I was fascinated with the fable of King Midas I enjoyed both his golden touch foolishness He pluck d the corn, and strait his grasp appears Fill d with a bending tuft of golden ears, and his award of ass s ears Fix d on his noddle an unseemly pair, Flagging, and large, and full of whitish hair Without a total change from what he was, Still in the man preserves the simple ass Pan tun d the pipe, and with his rural song Pleas d the low taste of all the vulgar throng Such songs a vulgar judgment mostly please, Midas was there, and Midas judg d with these It reads exactly as if Ovid portrayed the showbiz and music critics of today.And Ceyx s hapless attempt at seafaring is in a way quite antithetical to The Odyssey An universal cry resounds aloud, The sailors run in heaps, a helpless crowd Art fails, and courage falls, no succour near As many waves, as many deaths appear The sea always was a merciless widow maker Book the Twelfth This book is of war and warriors One strangled warrior was turned into a swan and one raped maiden was turned into male warrior The incessant descriptions of battles are too monotonous and tedious and even the death of Achilles seems to be unimpressive Of all the mighty man, the small remainsA little urn, and scarcely fill d, contains Book the Thirteenth Troy fell Ajax and Ulysses compete for dead Achilles magical armor Brawn without brain is thine my prudent care Foresees, provides, administers the war Ulysses declares and wins Now cannot his unmaster d grief sustain, But yields to rage, to madness, and disdain Unable to endure his dishonor, Ajax falls upon his own sword War is evil Make love, not war Book the Fourteenth Nymphomaniac sorceress Circe embarks on a spree of malicious alterations out of jealousy she turns Scylla into a bloodthirsty monster Soon as the nymph wades in, her nether parts Turn into dogs then at her self she starts and she turns innocent sailors into beasts Soon, in a length of face, our head extends Our chine stiff bristles bears, and forward bends A breadth of brawn new burnishes our neck Anon we grunt, as we begin to speak And with many adventures Ulysses sails on and on Book the Fifteenth Rome is founded and caesars begin to reign trying to usurp divine power of their gods The work is finish d, which nor dreads the rage Of tempests, fire, or war, or wasting age Gods are like humans but they arevainglorious,powerful,cunning,perfidious,libidinous and muchvengeful The great thing about Ovid s Metamorphoses is that it doesn t force you to take it so seriously It s still remarkably vivid, considering its age, and there is hardly a dull moment in it You can actually read it just for pure pleasure Its wild stories about transformations from one shape to another can be so entertaining, that your first reaction in reading it probably won t be to ask yourself weighty questions like Hmm, I wonder what insights this ancient book offers into the structure of The great thing about Ovid s Metamorphoses is that it doesn t force you to take it so seriously It s still remarkably vivid, considering its age, and there is hardly a dull moment in it You can actually read it just for pure pleasure Its wild stories about transformations from one shape to another can be so entertaining, that your first reaction in reading it probably won t be to ask yourself weighty questions like Hmm, I wonder what insights this ancient book offers into the structure of the cosmos, or the essence of existence, or the development of the human imagination Well it just so happens that Ovid s poem does offer insights into all of these things but you can think of the deeper levels as an added bonus Basically, the poem s answer lies in its central theme of change For Ovid, the physical world is constantly changing, and so is human life through birth and death, love, hatred, achievement, and failure Most important, however, is his portrayal of the human imagination not so much because of anything he says about it, but because of how he puts it into action You d be hard pressed to find any other author, ancient or modern, who is so bursting with ideas about how to tell a story Metamorphoses is a wide ranging account of Greek and Roman mythology, and this epic of transformations is itself one continuous transformation One moment you re reading one story, and then realize with a start, that you re in the middle of the next one By the slightest of hand, Ovid has used one character,or location, or detail in the first tale to segue into the next Like the stones rising into men and women, or Arachne s shrinking into a spider, the poem is in a constant state of flux It is a technique that, irony of ironies gives the work its permanence and coherence.Being familiar with most of the stories, I have noticed that Ovid isn t giving a straightforward retelling of the myths Instead, he is constantly twisting them around to his own purposes, making them look ridiculous, or fixating on details that are strange or grotesque I think he pulled this off quite well with a witty and humorous tone By keeping things light, he lets the reader in on the joke At the same time, however, Ovid also deals with some pretty heavy stuff, and sometimes he does seem to take a strange amount of pleasure in his characters suffering I rarely witness comedy and tragedy work so well together as in this book I think this is one of the books you need to read in your lifetime Don t let its heft intimidate you, you don t even have to read it all the way through If you want a taste of what it s about, you can pretty much start anywhere you want, or just look in the index to find your favorite myths, and go straight to those In this way, it s sort of like an all you can eat buffet with the difference that, once you get hooked, you re likely to go ahead and eat the whole thing Throughout all ages, If poets have vision to prophesy truth, I shall live in myFame Thus the closing lines of Ovid s Metamorphoses He was certainly right in his statement, but it feels like an appropriate irony that his work has been transformed, metamorphosed, over the millennia since he wrote his compilation of Roman and Greek literature I have known most of the collected stories since my early days at university, but only now finished reading the Metamorphoses as a whole, from cover Throughout all ages, If poets have vision to prophesy truth, I shall live in myFame Thus the closing lines of Ovid s Metamorphoses He was certainly right in his statement, but it feels like an appropriate irony that his work has been transformed, metamorphosed, over the millennia since he wrote his compilation of Roman and Greek literature I have known most of the collected stories since my early days at university, but only now finished reading the Metamorphoses as a whole, from cover to cover, and my impression is that Ovid s fame is mostly due to the brilliant interpretation of his text by European visual artists over the centuries Through the metamorphosis from text to visual art, Ovid has stayed famous Bernini s Apollo and Daphne symbolises itaccurately than any other myth retold in the collection a god chasing a young nymph, who slowly transforms into a laurel tree to avoid sexual assault, only to find herself the eternal symbol of Apollo s high status, and the honorable prize for literary or artistic fame Ovid is resting on those laurels, wearing his Apollonian laurel wreath as is Bernini, who can proudly compete with Pygmalion in the skill with which he made the marble leaves come alive, transforming hard stone into delicate art.I knew I would be going on a tour through art history when I embarked on the Ovid journey, and I enjoyed every minute of it, often reading with a pile of art books next to me As a pleasant extra surprise, I found myself revisiting several favourite Greek plays from a different narrative perspective, focusing on the transforming powers of dramatic storytelling rather than on unity of time, place and action Hercules story unfolded from a new angle, as did many of the Trojan and Minoan adventures.After finishing Virgil s The Aeneid a couple of months ago, the short summary of Aeneas adventures was welcome as well Generally speaking, the Metamorphoses can be viewed as a Who s Who in the Ancient Roman and Greek cosmos, with a clear bias in favour of the Roman empire and its virtues There are fewer long fight scenes than in the Iliad or the Aeneid, which makes it apleasant, less repetitive narrative, once the Centaurs and Lapiths are done with their violent duties.After decades of immersing myself in the world of ancient mythology, I found the Metamorphoses to be an easy and lighthearted reading experience When I read excerpts from it during my early university years, I struggled to recognise and place all those famous characters It is a matter of being able to see the context, and background knowledge is a clear advantage.I just wish my Latin was strong enough it must be a special pleasure to read it in original Claude opus 1000 Metamorph se n libr The Metamorphoses Books of Transformations, OvidThe Metamorphoses is a Latin narrative poem by the Roman poet Ovid, considered his magnum opus Comprising 11,995 lines, 15 books and over 250 myths, the poem chronicles the history of the world from its creation to the deification of Julius Caesar within a loose mythic historical framework 2014 1000 Metamorph se n libr The Metamorphoses Books of Transformations, OvidThe Metamorphoses is a Latin narrative poem by the Roman poet Ovid, considered his magnum opus Comprising 11,995 lines, 15 books and over 250 myths, the poem chronicles the history of the world from its creation to the deification of Julius Caesar within a loose mythic historical framework 2014 1389 622 9789641650348 What the fuck Ovid Save some brilliance for the rest of us. I just had to quote this from a review I read DNF at almost halfway through Too much depravity and immorality for me There s a lot of depravity and immorality around now too How does one cope lolPerhaps they would have disagreed with the author of Pure Inside the Evangelical Movement That Shamed a Generation of Young Women and How I Broke Free I don t think I should recommend one of my favourite dirty books, the beautifully written, utterly depraved although surprisingly moral, depen I just had to quote this from a review I read DNF at almost halfway through Too much depravity and immorality for me There s a lot of depravity and immorality around now too How does one cope lolPerhaps they would have disagreed with the author of Pure Inside the Evangelical Movement That Shamed a Generation of Young Women and How I Broke Free I don t think I should recommend one of my favourite dirty books, the beautifully written, utterly depraved although surprisingly moral, depending on your point of view Story of O The Metamorphoses are Ovid s masterpiece and one of the literary monuments of Antiquity, alongside the Bible, Homer s Iliad and Odyssey and Virgil s Aeneid As the title suggests, Ovid s book is about change, transformation, mutation Its scope is exceptionally ambitious, encyclopaedic even It covers the whole of ancient mythology, from the creation of the world and the flood to the epic of Pha ton, from Jupiter s rape of various nymphs to the abduction of Europa, from Narcissus in love with hi The Metamorphoses are Ovid s masterpiece and one of the literary monuments of Antiquity, alongside the Bible, Homer s Iliad and Odyssey and Virgil s Aeneid As the title suggests, Ovid s book is about change, transformation, mutation Its scope is exceptionally ambitious, encyclopaedic even It covers the whole of ancient mythology, from the creation of the world and the flood to the epic of Pha ton, from Jupiter s rape of various nymphs to the abduction of Europa, from Narcissus in love with his own reflection to Perseus and Medusa, from the rape of Proserpina to Medea and Jason, from Theseus and the Minotaur to the fall of Icarus, from Mele ger and the Calydonian Boar to Byblis and Myrrha s incestuous passions, from the works of Hercules to the doomed love of Orpheus and Eurydice in the underworld, from the desire of Venus for Adonis to King Midas turning everything into gold, from the shipwreck of C yx to the battle of the Centaurs and to the Trojan War, from the sufferings of Hecuba to the wanderings of Aeneas, from Ulysses in Polyphemus cave to Circe s witchcraft, and last but not least, from Romulus down to Julius Caesar In short, Ovid has it all figured out Ovid s Metamorphoses, like Virgil s Aeneid, was written under the reign of Augustus and both works are, in their way, a glorification of the Roman Empire All prior tribulations of gods and men aim towards this apex of history, this ideal order of civilisation But Virgil s and Ovid s ways are very different While Virgil unfolds the story of Aeneas in a single grand narrative, taking inspiration from the Odyssey, Ovid seems to be jumping randomly from one legend to the next, sometimes arranged into a Russian doll structure, thus covering a vast body of material several hundreds of tales borrowed mostly from Greek literature Within this colourful poem, there is one obsessive idea the metamorphose other recurring themes are romantic passion and sexual obsession In a way, Virgil and Ovid could be compared to the myth of Arachne, exposed in book 6 Virgil being the Minervean, elevated, distinguished bard and Ovid the Arachnean, careless, disorganised poet.At first, it seems he has gathered together every legend where some magical transformation is involved Jupiter turning himself into a white bull, Actaeon changed by Diana into a stag, and so on But by the end of the epic, primarily through Pythagoras speech in book 15 my fave section , we come to understand that Ovid has a sort of profound ontological idea in mind His book illustrates some kind of Heraclitean world view, whereby everything is in constant transmutation and flux In a way, while Virgil is putting forward a historical statement about the origins of Rome, placing everything in a genealogical line, Ovid suggests something muchunstable and uncertain If Augustus Empire is the pinnacle of human history, the poem makes room for further transformations and alterations down the line a non dogmatic, almost modern vision of history Ovid knows that the Augustinian Empire, like everything else under the moon, is condemned to decay and death Did this contribute to his later banishment to the Black Sea see the fantastic Poems of Exile The only thing that will remain through time is, according to the Epilogue 15, 870 sqq , the poem itself, a poem about growth, transformation, and degeneration.Another surprising fact about the Metamorphoses, also in line with Ovid s metaphysical view of an all changing universe, is the justification of vegetarianism in book 15 What a heinous crime is committed when guts disappear inside a fellow creature s intestines 15, 86 87 Indeed, if gods and men can mutate into animals, a meat eating individual is in some way a barbaric cannibal or a sacrilegious god eater Note the similarities between Ovid s pagan doctrine on this issue and modern religious practices based on the belief on reincarnation Hinduism, Jainism, Buddhism In a broader sense, this very much resonates with our contemporary concerns about animal suffering and climate change One last thing that resonates with me in that same book 15, during this present time of coronavirus global pandemic, is the mention of Aesculapius, the saviour of Rome during the plague Ovid is always a delight to read, chiefly because his descriptions are still readable and to the point, often playful or emotional, and never shy away from graphic details, visceral or sexual See, for instance, the gory wedding banquets at the beginning of book 5 and book 12 possible influence to the Red Wedding in Game of Thrones Also see the erotic and gruesome story of Tereus and Philomela book 6 incidentally a blueprint for Shakespeare s Titus Andronicus which is, in turn, a recipe for the episode of the Frey Pies , again in Game of Thrones Further considering that the little Latin I have ever known is gone forever , David Raeburn s recent translation into English hexameters is extraordinarily readable and never draws the reader s attention to itself.The Metamorphoses have had an enormous influence on Western culture, not just on other Roman writers, such as Apuleius with his spicy Golden Ass It has made a particular impression on numerous artists since the Renaissance Think of Botticelli, of course Think of Titian s Poesie, ordered by King Felipe II of Spain Think of Brueghel s Landscape with the Fall of Icarus from book 8 Think of the Pre Raphaelites see below the exquisite Echo and Narcissus by Waterhouse from book 3 Think of countless references made by Dante, Montaigne, Cervantes or Shakespeare in their works Case in point Pyramus and Thisbe book 4 is inserted within A Midsummer Night s Dream and is the inspiration of Romeo and Juliet the affliction of Hecuba book 13 is slotted into Hamlet Prospero s late speech in The Tempest is inspired by Medea s speech book 7 Think too of all the plays based on the myth of Pygmalion e.g the Broadway musical and the film version of My Fair Lady Think of the popular sword and sandal movies such as Jason and the Argonauts And think nowadays of all the bestsellers that borrow from Greco Roman myths most of which are to be found chiefly in the Metamorphoses indirectly, J.K Rowling s Harry Potter series, ordirectly, Madeline Miller or Stephen Fry s latest books.In short, Ovid s Metamorphoses is to Greco Roman mythologyor less what Snorri Sturluson is to Norse myths While Snorri is essential to understanding the culture of the Vikings, without some knowledge of Ovid s book, it would be practically impossible to comprehend Mediterranean Antiquity and, indeed, Western culture &READ EPUB ↵ Metamorphosen ↡ Niets blijft en niets vergaat dat is de grondgedachte van Ovidius imposante gedicht Metamorphosen De dichter neemt de lezer mee vanaf Chaos tot en met de komst van de grote keizer Augustus De meest wonderbaarlijke verhalen passeren de revue over Pha ton en de zonnewagen, over Narcissus en Echo, Daedalus en Icarus en nog heel veel andere inmiddels beroemde antieke personages Zijn werk is n lange, betoverende reeks van gedaanteverwisselingen The Raging Ones (The Raging Ones, over Narcissus en Echo The Aussie Next Door Daedalus en Icarus en nog heel veel andere inmiddels beroemde antieke personages Zijn werk is n lange An Alternative Aquarium: A Robust Habitat betoverende reeks van gedaanteverwisselingen Happy is the man who has broken the chains which hurt the mind, and has given up worrying once and for allOvid, MetamorphosesOvid the David Bowie of Latin literature I chewed on this book of myth poems the entire time I was tramping around Rome I was looking for the right words to describe my feelings about it It isn t that I didn t like it It is an unequivocal masterpiece I m amazed by it I see Ovid s genes in everything paintings, sculptures, poems and prose He is both modernHappy is the man who has broken the chains which hurt the mind, and has given up worrying once and for allOvid, MetamorphosesOvid the David Bowie of Latin literature I chewed on this book of myth poems the entire time I was tramping around Rome I was looking for the right words to describe my feelings about it It isn t that I didn t like it It is an unequivocal masterpiece I m amazed by it I see Ovid s genes in everything paintings, sculptures, poems and prose He is both modern and classic, reverent and wicked, lovely and obscene all at once It is just hard to wrestle him down To pin my thoughts about the Metamorphoses into words Structure really fails me.That I guess is the sign for me of a book s depth or success with me It makes me wish I could read it in the original form I m not satisfied with Dante in English I want him in Italian I m not satisfied with Ovid in English I want to experience his poetry, his playfulness, his wit in Latin.I still prefer the poetry of Homer and Dante, but Ovid isn t embarrassed by the company of the greats so not Zeus or Neptune, but maybe Apollo There s honestly something deeply fascinating to me about reading the words of someone who lived 2000 years ago, who wrote these exact words 2000 years ago, and though I completely understand why reading translation is done I think reading translated lit is amazing it is undoubtedlyinteresting to read this word by word, to see connotations and derivatives and line breaks and literary devices So yes, I read this in the original Latin With the help of a lot of vocabulary lists because There s honestly something deeply fascinating to me about reading the words of someone who lived 2000 years ago, who wrote these exact words 2000 years ago, and though I completely understand why reading translation is done I think reading translated lit is amazing it is undoubtedlyinteresting to read this word by word, to see connotations and derivatives and line breaks and literary devices So yes, I read this in the original Latin With the help of a lot of vocabulary lists because I don t speak Latin as fluently as I would like to Shouldn t passing an AP exam make you fluent Anyway Ovid s language is so good Some story reviews follow Deucalion Pyrrha, 1.348 415 This is the story of an apocalypse, or in this case, a failed apocalypse This is the story of a world empty inanem and of two lovers at its fall, attempting to bring it back The language of this is so sweepingly gorgeous the image of Deucalion and Pyrrha in front of the Themis watered down altar is deeply satisfying Very Adam and Eve and very satisfying Daphne Apollo, 1.452 657 Daphne and Apollo is a story that would be cool to see done by like, Catullus Poem 64 the only bitch in this house I respect In general conceit, it is about a woman who does not want to get married being chased down by a man who just really wants to have sex with her until she turns herself into a tree And there s definitely an air of blaming her for beauty here the line but that beauty forbids you to be that which you wish, and your form beauty opposes your desire is fucked up and sad, as well as the ending destroy by changing my beauty by which I please too much The best thing that can be said about this is that the line let your bow strike everything, oh Phoebus, but let my bow strike you is so satisfying Jupiter Io, 1.583 746 I absolutely hate this story This is the one where I decided that he needs to avoid the women being chased and maybe raped but I will mention this with exactly one word thing rapuit In a situation evenegregious than that of Daphne and Apollo, she is given no character development whatsoever and the general story just angers me, up until around line 630, where she attempts to talk to her father Inachus She came to the riverbanks, where she was accustomed to play often, and when she saw in the water, her new horns, she grew frightened and fled having been terrified of herself the repetition of the riverbanks here is especially arresting I did find this line sort of satisfying It is cruel to surrender his love, but suspicious not to give it is shame, what would urge him from that, Amor dissuades this Shame would would have been conquered by Love, but if this trivial gift were refused to the companion of his race and bed as a heifer, it would be able to appear to be no heifer 617 621 The Ride of Phaethon, 2.150 339 This one is wonderful I really enjoyed the figurative language and dramatic, ironic setup of this story the horses hit the doors with their feet 155 and then snatch the path 158 The chariot being shaken on high 166 is a great detail, and the journey into the rapidly heating constellations is just incredible and not just incredibly hard to translate Lots of apostrophe and several rhetorical questions build this into a gorgeous story I absolutely adored this set of lines I am bemoaning the lesser things great cities destruct with their walls, and with their peoples the fires whole nations turn into ashes and the forests along with the mountains burn 214 216 This section was so good that I forgave it for meaning I had to learn almost 200 lines of translation in a month for a test Me my 96 on the test say hi Pyramus Thisbe, 4.55 166Pyramus and Thisbe, the one the most handsome of youths, the other outstanding that which they were not able to deny, equally they both burned with their minds captured Ah, Pyramus and Thisbe, the original tragic lovers The only context I have seen this story appear in previously is Shakespeare s A Midsummer Night s Dream, a version that is deeply comedic But this story is, despite some stupidity in plot, so well written This flaw had been noted by no one through the long years but what does love not detect Ovid asks this love affair seems almost inevitable, deeply wrapped around fate and tragedy How difficult would it be, that you could allow us to be joined with whole bodies, or, if this is too much, that you should open this wall for kisses to be given Of course, this story ends badly And it is Pyramus fault Thisbe is a bitch with common sense and did nothing wrong The Fall of Icarus, 8.152 235The shame of the family had grown, and was exposing the disgusting adultery of his mother by the novelty of the two formed monster THE FALL OF ICARUS Okay this has always been one of my favorite stories of all time, and reading it in Ovid s original Latin was such a cool experience This story is framed by a description and depiction of the tragedy of the minotaur and the abandonment of poor Ariadne Catulluspoem64 I loved Daedalus intro for his plan it is permitted that he block the land and sea but certainly the sky lies open we will go that way And the fall of Icarus is equally emotional, beautifully conveyed through the image of a herder and fisherman watching him, up to its ending and his lips, shouting out the name of his father are taken up by the blue water, water which has taken up its name from him Anyway, I hope y all appreciated my original Latin translation skills pouring into this review I SPEND A LOT OF TIME THINKING ABOUT LATIN AND I M HONESTLY SO PROUD TO BE SHARING IT.Blog Goodreads Twitter Instagram Youtube