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4.5 out of 54.5 out of 54.5 out of 54.5 out of 54.5 out of 5 4.50 (8 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ovid Narrator: Charlton Griffin Publisher: Audio Connoisseur Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 2006 ISBN:
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An undeniable masterpiece of Western Civilization, The Metamorphoses is a continuous narrative that covers all the Olympian legends, seamlessly moving from one story to another in a splendid panorama of savage beauty, charm, and wit. It marked the first attempt to link all of the Homeric and pre-Homeric myths into a single work and to carry the entire chronology into the Roman pantheon. All of the gods and heroes familiar to us are represented. Such familiar legends as Hercules, Perseus and Medusa, Daedelus and Icarus, Diana and Actaeon, and many others, are breathtakingly recreated.

Ovid was probably the most popular of all the Roman poets during the Renaissance and Baroque periods, and his verse was the inspiration for countless artistic and literary masterpieces of the time. Shakespeare, Bernini, and Rubens were only a few of those who mined his work to extraordinary effect.

Ovid has left mankind a magnificent achievement, and his sparkling poetry is a tour de force of Homeric and Roman myth. As Ovid himself wrote: As long as Rome is the eternal city, these lines shall echo from the lips of men.

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Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amylin | 5/19/2011

    " i fell in love with greek mythology when i was 10. almost 10 years later i had to read this book for a greek mythology college course i enrolled in. i was in love. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Liam | 4/8/2011

    " This is my favorite translation, because it read like poetry. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Elizabeth | 3/14/2011

    " One of my favorite books. Sort of a hard read if you don't have time to sit down and get through it, but if you can, absolutely rewarding. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Megan | 3/12/2011

    " I liked how there was far less "listing" of every character's lineage and every place they have ever been to which is quite common in Greek mythology I find "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nicole | 2/13/2011

    " This is one of my favorite books especially this translation of it. The way each story weaves in and out of each seamlessly and with purpose is a testament to Ovid's skill. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Iain | 2/11/2011

    " The most beautiful English translation of Ovid I've encountered! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jbdean | 2/11/2011

    " An illuminating trek through the ancient world. Some of Ovid's tales left me spellbound, digging through various texts to grab at the pieces of myth and names of lore. Other tales left me yawning and puzzled at why they were included at all. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carson | 2/3/2011

    " Metamorphoses was very interesting if you're into Greek mythology. It has many stories that help you understand a lot about ancient Greeks and their beliefs. Sometimes a little confusing if you get tested on it because of all the characters, but otherwise it was a great book! "

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About the Author
Author Ovid

Ovid, born Publius Ovidius Naso (43 BC–AD 17/18) was born into a wealthy Roman family and became the most distinguished poet of his time. He died in exile on the Black Sea, far from Rome and his literary life.