"A model that has been lengthy awaited, and certain to develop into the recent standard."―Michael Dirda, Washington Post
Ovid's epic poem―whose subject matter of switch has resonated in the course of the ages―is some of the most vital texts of Western mind's eye, an proposal from Dante's occasions to the current day, while writers reminiscent of Salman Rushdie and Italo Calvino have discovered a dwelling resource in Ovid's paintings. Charles Martin combines a detailed constancy to Ovid's textual content with verse that catches the rate and liveliness of the unique. Martin's Metamorphoses often is the translation of selection for modern readers in English. This quantity additionally comprises endnotes and a word list of individuals, locations, and personifications.
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