The World’s Best English Epic Poetry – Ovid’s Metamorphoses (in English Translation)

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Part of the world’s best English epic and narrative poetry includes Ovid’s Metamorphoses: penned originally in Greek dactylic hexameter. In his work Ovid encompasses the world of Greek mythology: sliding easily from one narrative into another to paint a compelling kaleidoscope of mesmerising images that shift form: life to life in a delightful succession of stories.

Ovid’s astounding breadth of matter takes us from the creation and the Golden Age to the accomplishments of the Argonauts and the exploits of the Myrmidons: and on.

  • Can Phaeton control his father’s fiery chariot and drive it the diurnal round of the heavens?
  • Will the wicked Medea successfully evade just reprisal for her bloody kin-slaying?
  • Can Peresphone escape the dismal kingdom of Hades: where she has unwillingly been crowned queen?

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