Metamorphoses: Penguin Classics

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
April 2020
18 hours 27 minutes
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This Penguin Classic is performed by award-winning voice actor Martin Jarvis OBE, as well as John Sackville, Maya Saroya and the translator of this edition, David Raeburn. This definitive recording includes an Introduction by Denis Feeney.

Ovid's sensuous and witty poetry brings together a dazzling array of mythological tales, ingeniously linked by the idea of transformation - often as a result of love or lust - where men and women find themselves magically changed into new and sometimes extraordinary beings. Beginning with the creation of the world and ending with the deification of Augustus, Ovid interweaves many of the best-known myths and legends of Ancient Greece and Rome, including Daedalus and Icarus, Pyramus and Thisbe, Pygmalion, Perseus and Andromeda, and the fall of Troy. Erudite but light-hearted, dramatic yet playful, the Metamorphoses has influenced writers and artists throughout the centuries from Shakespeare and Titian to Picasso and Ted Hughes.

(c) 2004, David Raeburn (P) 2019 Penguin Audio
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Desi V.

Solid work. Glad I read it. It's a great panorama of myth and I learned a few things I forgot or never knew. It was artful and moving at times but nowhere near as touching or beautiful as Iliad, Odyssey or Aeneid. It made me tear.up a few times but never made me weep like Dido or Achilles or Telemachus.

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