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Sun Jan 22, 2012, 10:04 PM

I have found an entire online version of Ovid's Metamorphoses

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Ovid is absolutely one of the most fascinating and delightful writers of ancient Rome. While Vergil's poetry is utterly serious, Ovid is famous for his dangerous wit. This was perhaps a result of Ovid's own personality, but it was perhaps also the result of historical accident. Ovid belonged to the generation of poets who came after Vergil - and after the seriousness of Vergil, what other choice was there but to write tongue-in-cheek? It was surely impossible to be more serious than Vergil, so one logical strategy would be to opt for some good humor. So even when Ovid is writing about serious, even tragic, situations, you will see that he uses a kind of exaggeration or hyperbole that can be hard to interpret: is he just a bit over the top? is this Monty Python silliness, set in Rome? That is definitely something to think about as you read the stories for this week.



By Ovid

Written 1 A.C.E.

Translated by Sir Samuel Garth, John Dryden, et al

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Sun Feb 5, 2012, 10:28 AM

1. thanks!

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