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Metamorphoses by Ovid is a captivating and intriguing read that delves into the world of Greek mythology and the concept of transformation. The collection of myths and legends are skillfully woven together, showcasing Ovid's talent for storytelling and his keen sense of poetic imagery.

One of the highlights of the book is Ovid's ability to seamlessly blend elements of fantasy and reality, creating a world that is both enchanting and thought-provoking. The characters are richly developed and the vivid descriptions bring the stories to life in a way that is truly mesmerizing.

The theme of metamorphosis runs throughout the book, with characters transforming into various forms as a result of their actions or as punishment for their deeds. This recurring motif adds depth to the stories and offers a unique perspective on human nature and the consequences of one's choices.

Overall, Metamorphoses is a timeless classic that continues to captivate readers with its imaginative storytelling and profound themes. Ovid's masterful craftsmanship and profound understanding of human nature make this book a must-read for anyone interested in mythology, poetry, or the complexities of the human experience.

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The Metamorphoses of Ovid is probably one of the best known, certainly one of the most influential works of the Ancient world. It consists of a narrative poem in fifteen books that describes the creation and history of the world through mythological tales, starting with a cosmogony and finishing with the deification of Julius Caesar. Published around 8 AD, the Metamorphoses are a source, sometimes the only source, for many of the most famous ancient myths, such as the stories of Daedalus and Icarus, Arachne or Narcisus.

Ovid works his way through his subject matter often in an apparently arbitrary fashion; however, the connection between all the seemingly unconnected stories is that all of them talk about transformation. Change as the only permanent aspect of nature is the certainty that underlies the work of Ovid, who jumps from one transformation tale to another, sometimes retelling what had come to be seen as central events in the world of Greek myths and sometimes straying in odd directions. The poem is often called a mock-epic. It is written in dactylic hexameter, the form of the great heroic and nationalistic epic poems, both those of the ancient tradition (the Iliad and Odyssey) and of Ovid's own day (the Aeneid). It begins with the ritual "invocation of the muse," and makes use of traditional epithets and circumlocutions. But instead of following and extolling the deeds of a human hero, it leaps from story to story sometimes in very cunning ways, and, because of the clever ways in which it connects the stories, the Metamorphoses were once called the "Thousand and One Nights of the Ancient World".

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Reviewer: - March 25, 2014
Subject: Metamorphoses
Great audiobook!

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